Update on Billy's hoodie: it's done. Just finished sewing on the buttons. Here it is:
Likes: Pattern is fantastic (Knitting Pure and Simple pattern - #105, the Neckdown Hooded Pullover for Men) - as the norm for a KP&S pattern. Knitted up quickly with size 9 needles.
Dislikes: Used Cascade Greenland yarn - thought it would be sturdy enough for Billy to take this sweater camping & get fish guts all over it, etc., but it pilled up terribly after the first wash. (The yarn got nice & soft, though.) Boring color, but it's what he wanted. I did suggest to my son that he get a couple of his friends to pick off the pills, picturing something similar to chimpanzees picking lice off each other, but the analogy missed him. Oh, well - it's probably for the best. He's messy enough as it is.
Would I do this pattern again? Sure thing. He's going to outgrow the sweater in a few months anyway, so I might just do it again for him next year, but with a different yarn.
Next on my dance card is finishing up my red cardigan, the cabled cardigan #1791 from Plymouth Yarn Company. I had finished the back & right front before I put it down (got bored with it). Finished up the left front last night and decided to do the three needle bind off on the shoulders, even though I was so tired I could barely see. The results: the seam on the wrong side and the front pieces attached to the back on the wrong sides. I didn't realize this until I took a look at it this morning, either. The moral of this story is not to knit when you're that tired.