Thank you so much for your kind words about Louise. I still really can't believe she's gone...but we're happy that she was in the family for such a long time and that she went so quickly and relatively peacefully.
I did finish the second sleeve of the Diamond Aran. Today I seamed the shoulders. I have to set in the sleeves (ugh), seam the sides (ok), make i-cord frogs (jeez) and then knit the shawl collar. So this is nowhere near done....but still. Gettin' there.