Because the February Lady Sweater is officially done. Unfortunately, it's way too big. I'm not sure how it happened since I started it back in September and can't remember anything about starting it. I thought I had gauge (I still think I did, but I'm now thinking that I just chose the wrong size?). Anyway, it's horribly too big for me. Which is a nice problem to have, in general--clothes being too big, that is--but not when you've invested time and money into their creation.
That's 23 inches across which means it's a 46-inch sweater. I think I was going for the Large size at 44 inches because the Medium size was only 41 inches, even though I really wanted something more like a "Medium-and-a-Half" (the story of my life), or 42 inches. So, yeah, 46 inches is just not going to work. Who looks good with an extra 2 inches of sweater hanging out on each side?
(The length was far too long too, but that's totally just user-error. I mean, the whole thing was user-error, but knitting it too long just meant that I didn't stop soon enough...)
The solution? It's in the washing machine on hot right now. At 75% cotton/25% wool, I'm fairly confident that it won't felt or totally fall apart, but :::something::: will happen, to be sure. Please send lots of "appropriate shrinking/non-felting" vibes and good juju to my house this morning. I'll keep you posted.
ETA: It totally felted. Now it's a shorter (by 3 inches), felted, 46-inch sweater. And heavier than all get out when wet.
We shall see what tomorrow brings when it's dry, but, yeah...not so good.