If you think that this is the post where I'm announcing the Blogiversary giveaway winner, you're wrong (meaning there's still time to enter).
And, if you're looking at that photo and thinking my, isn't that collar small? Then you'd be absolutely correct. This sweater is becoming the bane of my knitting existence. It's making me start to hate all my other knitting, no matter what it may be. When I first blocked this sweater (back when it was still in pieces) every piece (both sides of body and both sleeves) blocked to the exact measurements called for in the pattern schematics. I seamed it together and everything fit fine until I got to the saddles of the shoulders. They are way, way too long to leave any sort of opening that anyone other than an infant could fit their head through (and even that's questionable). I've ripped and re-ripped the blasted saddles and will need to do even more ripping tonight. I had Adam try it on last night and when he couldn't fit it over his head, I actually started to cry. I should also mention that when I had him try it on last weekend after my seaming marathon, the sweater (whose original, blocked length from armpit to waist was 18") had somehow shrunk up two inches and was now much too short for my 6'4" husband. Which, needless to say, pissed me off to no end. I'm assuming that the seaming cause the sweater to shrink up some, but really? Two whole inches? I'm one hundred percent absolutely positively sure that the length had been 18" (both pre- and post-blocking) but now it wasn't. Now, I know my husband loves me but he's not the kind of guy who will wear an ill-fitting sweater just because his wife made it for him. He was tugging at it saying, "this is little. Why is it so small? Can you add two inches?" I was able to vigorously reblock it back to the correct length but is seems to want to shrink up again. So, if you can imagine that was last weekend and now the whole head-can't-fit-through business this weekend perhaps the crying makes more sense.