Please, allow me to introduce
...my sewing assistant. This is Roxie. I tried to get a better photograph of her, but, unlike Duncan, she's not very cooperative with the local papparazzi (and don't even think about a close-up!). She doesn't get along very well with Duncan, either, so I guess you could say that they're cut from different cloth -- and she definitely likes to sew it up. ; ) Roxie is a sweetheart and never very demanding, so I tolerated , even allowed her "assistance" yesterday.
Coup d'Etat is all sewn up, but I haven't tied off and woven in all the ends yet. There's still a possibility that I'll want to knit and sew in a small gusset at each underarm. I'll let it stew a little while longer before I decide. The sweater looks fantastic, and I love it, but there are some issues.
The mitten. There is no question that the mitten will fit me like a glove because I try it on and admire it every two or three rounds. ; ) I did not rip, I carried right on, and to tell you the truth, I do see improvement in my knitting even since beginning the hand. It makes me happy to see it, too.