I was meaning to ask you how it was going. It looks good to me. Are you going to keep the ridging, or redo it? I personally like the way ridging looks, for variety. And it looks like your stitches are nice and close, without being too tight, since your piece looks like it's laying flat well. My stitches are a lot looser -- I can't seem to get them tight enough without the piece bunching up after. I don't wrap the yarn around my index finger on my left hand, I just drape it over, maybe this has something to do with it? I'm thinking I will have to felt this cover, it's just too gappy so far.
One thing I noticed from your pic, I don't know if it's just the way the soaker is hanging, but it looks like maybe your rows are getting narrower each time? I found it tricky to figure out where the last loop I needed to do a stitch on was. The way I do it, anyway, the last loop is sort of pulled down and snug. Either that, or I'm always skipping the first loop of a new row, and have to just make a stitch where I can at the end to avoid the mysterious shrinking syndrom. But I couldn't tell if it was just the way the pic was being taken or not.
I'm halfway done the second side of edging, and I'm going to have to start it over again. I didn't really get what the pattern was saying about that side being a mirror image, so I just went ahead and did what I thought I should. It was wrong, but at least now I've figured out what the issue is.