And the winner of the idiot contest is...
Me! Yep, I'm an idiot. Why, you ask? Well, I got up at 4:45am this morning to go to work. When I drove into the parking lot at the office, I noticed that there were only a handful of cars there. I thought that was a little odd, considering there are usually dozens cars in the lot and it's almost impossible to find a parking space most days. So, I looked at my trusty badge calendar attachment, and noticed that today, Tuesday, July 5th is a COMPANY HOLIDAY! Yes, that's right, a holiday! I got up at 4:45 to drive two and a half hours to work on a day that I didn't even have to work. Since I had plenty to do (and then some), I spent the day at work anyway, and ended up getting quite a lot done. I'm pretty bummed about it though - with a little advance knowledge and some planning, I could have stayed home today and spent some quality time with yarn and my dogs and my husband. Grrr. Guess I should look at the calendar more often!
Over the weekend, I managed to get through about half of the Tivoli decreases.
I'm modifying the decrease/increase portion of the pattern slightly, to compensate for my row gauge being slightly larger than the pattern calls for, and also to make the waist slightly smaller. I'm using the 36" pattern, which is written for a 33" waist, but I'm shooting for a 30-31" waist so it fits me better, and so I don't end up looking preggers.
In case you're wondering, the dark blue yarn on the lower left of the shirt is my version of a row counter. I wind a spare piece of contrasting yarn around a stitch on every decrease row so I can easily count the number of rows between decrease rows (3) and how many decreases I have total (3 so far).