- Do NOT use just any old yarn as a substitute because it was cheap. This pattern requires a lot of Aran-weight yarn, more than 1500 meters in my size. It called for a firm, sturdy wool, and for good reason: it's supposed to be worn as outerwear. I thought that 1500 meters of sturdy Aran-weight wool was too expensive, so I bought a cheap-as-dirt alpaca-wool mix: DROPS Loves You II. It's lovely yarn! Soft, lovely deep colour, very nice to knit with. But it's also not sturdy at all (logical, with 50% alpaca), and spun unevenly, thin-thick, which just doesn't work with this pattern. Because of this, I lost my love for this project about three-quarters of the way through. I realized it wasn't going to look the way I had imagined, and it was my own fault.
- Do NOT cast off sleeves knit top-down without measuring them on yourself. One of the reasons this thing took so long to finish - even though I was almost there - is because I knit the sleeves to specifications... but they were a good 10 cm too short. I didn't find this out until I had assembled the whole thing. So, I had to face the prospect of unravelling the edging of the sleeves, knit an extra 10-15 cm and then the edging again. I absolutely did not want to do this, so the project got stuffed away in hopes I would forget about it.
- Do NOT just stuff a project in a bag or box somewhere for any length of time. By the time I decided that, ok, I just really had to finish this, no more excuses, disaster had struck. There were three moth holes in this project. I put too much work into this to bin the project, but I was tempted. Instead, I repaired the moth holes. Here, it's a good thing that the yarn isn't the nice, evenly textured wool that was actually called for: I'm pretty sure if that had been the case, it would have been painfully obvious where the holes had been.
Mostly, I'm just happy it's finished.
In other news: Yet another coworker had a baby, so another baby cardigan has made it's way onto the WIP-list. Knitting for babies is fun, but I am happy that this is (as far as I know) the last one for a while!