I ended up canceling all my weekend plans as I got sick and did not dare venture out and make others sick. After a visit to the doctor and pharmacy, I took my medicine, and slept most of the day. When I woke, I decided to watch Eclipse - inspired by the fact that my final DVD was shipped yesterday and I hadn't yet seen the 3rd movie, which I thought would be a good thing before watching the fourth DVD - Breaking Dawn Part I - in the Twilight series.
This was the perfect movie to watch while I picked up my Faery Ring to sew the button band seam.
When you look at the entire Faery Ring, you can see that there was a great deal of sewing - up one side, around the hood, and down the other. It took me several hours to sew.
I am optimistic that the button band will flatten when the entire Faery Ring is soaked and blocked.
Here's a close-up of the bottom hem of the Faery Ring.
The button bands are puckering quite a bit now, but when flattened, they appear all right... so I have faith that a good blocking will work wonders.
There you have it. I made some significant progress on one of my oldest UFOs. I plan to work diligently on both cuffs tomorrow so stay tuned for more pictures. Who knows - I could be wearing this for Valentine's Day. Wait. Even if I finish knitting everything by then, it will be soaking wet in just three days. That may be a bit too optimistic. But I will continue to knit on.