Not quite in time for him to take it away with him, but today I finally completed the Aran jumper that I've been knitting for No. 2 Son over the past year and a half. By the time the boys visited on Monday, the front, back and both sleeves were complete, and I quickly tacked together a shoulder so we could just check it was still going to fit. It wasn't until after they left yesterday though that I was able to knit the neckband (last night) and sew it all together, which I did today, along with the fiddly but vital task of sewing in all the loose ends. The finished item weighs over three and a quarter pounds - and tomorrow I shall put it in the post to him.
I bought the wool from Edge Fold Wools and Yarns. The one I chose was a natural undyed Aran. When I ran out Elaine went to a lot of trouble to find me a few more balls, and I would heartily recommend her for friendly service as well as super wool. I think it will be a while before I tackle anything this big again though - sometimes my arms and wrists really ached after a knitting session!