So that's what winning at a sprint event feels like: warm and cushy and big and ...really warm.
Once I was done whining about sleeve-boredom, I actually got done quickly. Finished during women's gymnastics on Wednesday, blocked on Thursday. Thanks, Michael Phelps, for not competing in needlecraft and leaving the field open to Ravelympians of all stripes.
To recap, this is an old pattern from Knitter's magazine (issue #48), designed by Penny Ollman. According to Ravelry, the pattern also appears here . I modified the gauge considerably, going from a light worsted to a heavy worsted wool knitted on a #8 circular needle. Following the directions for a size 6, I ended up with a roomy sweater suitable for a teenager.
Although intended as a stashbuster, this project only swallowed two (giant) skeins of Eco Wool and a few yards of a third one, leaving me with enough Eco wool to contemplate yet another warm sweater for this drive or the next -- maybe a yoke sweater this time around.
Other modifications: I knitted the body in the round to the armholes, then did a 3-needle bind off at each shoulder and picked up sleeve stitches to knit them down, in the round. I also changed the basic stitch pattern a bit, scattering purl stitches on the stockinette background every 6 rounds instead of every 8.
Impulsively turning the Sweater Sprint into a sweater relay event, I went fishing into my knitting basket and retrieved the pink and red striped raglan pullover I had started back in July. Turns out it was closer to the finish-line than I remembered -- so I finished it. I'd say it is now ready for its close-up, if only I hadn't messed up the striped sequence when grafting the armholes. I don't have the patience or the aptitude for this kind of surgery right now, or ever, really. Remind me next time that stripes at the armhole grafting point aren't such a hot idea, will you?