You know how you're always advised to read a pattern through and be sure you understand it before you start? Being a visual, hands-on, learn-as-you-do-it type of person, I'm not going to understand much more than "knit this many," "purl this many," "yo here," "k2tog" there just by reading a pattern; the photograph and schematic are much more useful to me at that stage of the game. There are other things, though, that are easily understood just by reading, such as "Do not block the pieces." It causes one's heart to stop when one has already blocked, say, TWO SLEEVES! My heart started beating again when I told myself that the caution was likely because of the ribbon used for the original sweater. I think Cecil definitely needs to be blocked. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.
We have two fronts and a back and they're knitted together! I figured out the short row shaping for the shoulders and used a 3-needle bind-off. I came across the blocking instruction as I was reading all about finishing and asking myself whether I should block the body before or after adding the button band. It is not a sizeable button band -- pick up stitches and work just a few rows -- so I think I will do them before blocking and the knitting will be done. Then, once it's blocked, there's just seaming and buttons.
Look what A brought home from art class the other day! She's not altogether pleased with them, but I think they're adorable. I love the polka-dot goblet. Maybe I'm influenced by A's feelings, but I can't help but think of the Land of Misfit Toys and the polka-dot elephant in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer!