It is true.. I am finally, totally, and completely.. done with my sweater. It happened at 2:25AM this morning (Isn't that when most major knitting things happen? Heh.) The sleeves are attached, the collar is knitted, the ends are woven in.. and the zipper is finished off, trimmed, and sewn. And I am quite pleased : )
The sleeves are what I'd call perfect now.. Just long enough to where I like them.. (Which I've noticed is longer than most people like them.. they ended up being 18.5" long from the under-arm and I noticed on the pattern that sleeve length is 2 sizes up from where my sweater is.. lol. But I like them.. and I'm finally pleased.
The only thing I'm remotely not happy about is the collar.. it doesn't seem to sit right on me, but I'm not going back now.. it's such a small thing that I really don't care about.. When I wear it I won't see it unless I look in the mirror.. so I don't really care! Lol. (I think that was my main issue with the sleeves, aside from the itchy seams, I saw them the whole time I was wearing them so it really bugged me.)
So I even got brave and tried out some sewing.. with needle and thread no less. I didn't know what to do with the extra half inch of zipper that I had.. but I read on the internet that you can just cut them to length.. so I decided to get brave and cut them. I noticed that the zipper band (I think that's what it's called, the cloth part) was starting to fray out.. so I put some Fray Check on the ends.. Hopefully that stuff really works eh?
So then I sewed the last little bits down to the sweater and I decided I'd try making my own zipper stops.. (Because I cut the original ones off, along with the 3 access zipper teeth..) I doubled the thread I used to sew on the zipper, and then sewed around and around between the last 2 zipper teeth.. (In the picture they look kinda white, but I promise it's the same light blue color as the yarn.
The arrows point to the stops.
So that's about it.. When I'm feeling more photogenic I'll probably take some pictures of me wearing it.. It does fit fabulously. Woo! I love sweater success! : )