Poppy is done! I finished it on December 31, laid it by the fireplace and then forgot about it until today (blame hangover and unpacking and general holiday laziness).
The last bit of crochet finishing was a bit of a challenge, but with Mom's help and some wine, my tussles with the crochet hook are now forgotten.
Playing with the colour and not blindly following the pattern was fun. I did end up with more stripes at the ends (or the back where the seam is) than the front, and my need to control personality took a bit to get around that, but in the end I'm really pleased with the result.
A perfect fit--I knit a size smaller than I would normally, so I'm learning what fits! Now to find a deep v-neck shirt for underneath--I love Silk Garden, but not against my skin. A great pattern for great yarn (though Noro should reinstate these colours--they are gorgeous).