So I finished the Jasper Diamond Hoodie this weekend, and I think it's adorable. The hood makes all the difference! I can't wait to take it to knit night to try it on my friends' kids. The two who have been coming are almost too big to be able to wear it, so this is probably my only chance to see it on an actual baby. I'm not sure who I'm going to give this to - I might even enter it in the State Fair. I haven't decided yet.
Since that project is finished, I decided to start Lilleput, which is the project I was all excited about last week. I cast on in the car on the way to a family reunion, which was far enough away that I made good progress on it. After having a great time with my husband's large extended family, camping out in the state park, and visiting an old friend in town, we hit the road the next day and I continued knitting on the cardigan. By the time we got home, I decided that I didn't like the way the colors were working out, so this morning I ripped it all out and started over.
I also took a look at other people's Ravelry project pages, to see why I wasn't liking how mine was knitting up. Turns out I had misread the directions and was making the stripes too wide. I also didn't like the contrast between the red and the white. When I started over, I used the red as the accent color and used the variegated yarn with the white for what I hope will be a more pleasing finished cardigan. It definitely looks better with the narrower stripes. I don't think it will go anything like as fast as the hoodie, but slow and steady will do just fine for now.