Above, I think you can see the nice slope on the shoulders created by a bunch of short rows. The whole thing has made what might have been a boring few days of knitting into something much more interesting.
FYI, this is Cascade Eco Wool in "Vanilla", a truly lovely pale shade that's somehow completely different and infinitely nicer than "Ecru".
Since the purpose of uniting everything was to enable me to try it on, I did just that,
Another part of the "staying warm" strategy is this:
Soup is so much better than salad as a way of eating vegetables in winter. I have a general formula for making vegetable soup.
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped, or 1 leek sliced thin
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
1 stick of celery, chopped
6 c water
2 c cooked beans (in this case, kidney beans)
2 c chopped non-starchy vegetables (in this case, zucchini and red pepper)
1 c chopped starchy vegetable ( here, frozen corn, no chopping necessary)
1 c chopped greens (here, kale)
1/4 c (1/2 can) tomato paste
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
herbs and/or spices of your choice (here, 1/2 tsp dried basil and 1/2 tsp dried oregano)
Saute the onion, carrot, and celery in the olive oil for a few minutes until softened. Add the tomato paste and stir for about a minute. Add everything else and simmer for about 45 minutes.