I promised "the man" I'd finish his 2007 Christmas sweater by Christmas 2008 and I did it!
Yes, this took me about 18 months to finish, but it was well worth the wait. There were many gauge issues that I learned and hopefully will take with me on the next sweater project. Of course stiches per inch are alway very important, but row gauge can be equally as important, especially for shaping sleeves for a man whose arms are incredibly long.
I want to give a special shout-out to my friend, Joan, the Elizabeth Zimmerman of Billings, MT. If it weren't for her, my sweater would not have been sewn together and Jasper's Noro sweater would still be in the ball bands. Her finishing techniques are best you'll ever see and we are damn lucky to have her.
I'm extremely happy that my recipient loves this sweater and isn't lying about it. He was sick recently and the first thing he did when he came home to recoup was to put his sweater on. As the knitter -of-the-sweater, I was pretty pleased. Hugging him with this sweater on is like wrapping yourself up in the coziest blanket on a very cold day.