Thanks for all your kind words of appreciation!
I was in a hurry yesterday, getting the bed jacket photos done and editing the pixels...and DH was hanging around urging me to hurry up, we have to leave soon. Sigh.
So today, I want to share a TIP with you. I had to re-knit the Left Front twice...and the photo below will tell all. Here is what happened:
Y'all know how garter stitch pulls and sucks up in length when you "knit-it-in-the-the-rows" of the body of the (stocking stitch) front.
My first attempt looked simply lousy. I thought...well maybe blocking will solve the problem...but y'all know that garter stitch button bands go right back where they are most comfortable, even after blocking.
As I was knitting the Right Front, I had a "lightbulb moment". (I was about 6" into the Right Front.
I tried inserting short rows every 4th row...and VOILA...it worked! All row distortion seemed to disappear! So I frogged what I had done on my Right Front...and started re-knitting a new LEFT FRONT, inserting short rows every 4th row...for a total of 16 short rows for the 64 rows of garter stitch.
This is a photo of LEFT FRONT #1 without short rows...and LEFT FRONT #2, re-knit with short rows! Yippee! (FYI: the little threads are 10th row markers)