The sweater I was making for my mom is finished. I discovered a few things as I was making the front panel borders. I made the right-front border by picking up stitches from the bottom up to avoid having to tie off and weave in ends at the neckline...I still struggle to get that perfect. When I did the same thing on the left-front panel, it didn't look the same. I found to make it look identical I had to start from the top and pick up stitches to the bottom. I'm not sure why there was a difference, but the second try worked fine.
At any rate, it's finished and I feel good about it. Now I will pack it up and send it to dear old Mom. The tie isn't supposed to be there. I did that just to keep it closed on the hanger. I will buy her a nice pin for her to put there if she wants one.
I was pleased that the acrylic yarn (Caron Simply Soft - Strawberry 0015) worked so nicely. It reminded me a lot of the superwash merino wool from Knit Picks that I have used to make some scarves. The skeins are 315 yards, so I only needed two. Total cost about $9.
Thanks for all the coaching! All your suggestions throughout this project are very much appreciated.