Actually, that was a slight exaggeration because I haven't sewn the square pillow yet. But, the two bolsters are done. Finito.
Alice Starmore's Aran Knitting, Fishermen's Wool and 6"x12" polyester neckrolls from Wawak. I washed and blocked the swatch and then calculated how many stitches to cast on from the swatch gauge.
Jess' Birthday Sweater.
The ends were surprisingly easy. I picked up 100 stitches, divided into 10 sections of 10 stitches, and then performed a k2tog decrease every other row. When I had 10 stitches remaining, I threaded the yarn tail through the 10 loops twice and gave a gentle tug until the hole closed up. The ends were steam-blocked with a steam iron (above the surface) and then patted into shape.
Each end took about an hour to knit and finish. Each rectangle took about 20-25 hours. Sewing the zippered muslin cases and hand-stitching them to the knitted cover took another 1-2 hours.
To the friend who asked why I don't sell these: A physicist ought to earn as much as a plumber, right? Would you pay a plumber 50 hours for these two bolsters?
Then I hand back-stitched the rib opening to the zipper. If you have ever hand prick-stitched a dress zipper, you can do this. Well, your effort might be neater than this.
southern giant clam (Tridacna derasa).
The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed the flooring samples for my new place. Yes, I will be moving yet again--hopefully to a longer-term place. Which sample do you like better?