A real, live, big-person knit.
Even if it only has three-quarter length sleeves.
This project was a saga from the get-go, all those winters ago when my little sister asked for a jumper in yellow.
I got out the tape measure, bought some yarn, and got through the torso and most of a sleeve before realising I hadn’t bought nearly enough yarn. I put things on hold and searched but couldn’t find any more of the same dyelot, so I undid all of those valiant, ill-fated cotton stitches.
I began again with a fresh batch of yarn, disheartened. This time I started with the sleeves–which were probably doomed from the first.
Then, the intended recipient lost a considerable amount of weight, going down about 2-3 sizes. This gave me a reasonable excuse to undo the sleeves and re-measure.
Then, it was spring & summer for a while.
Then, I started all over again with a great pattern from an even better book. All of a sudden I was excited to be knitting again, and powered through the entire torso and sleeve cap thinking of the possibilities.
Then, I got mired deep in sleeve-knitting hell and put aside the jumper/ sweater for a couple of months. Eventually the Perth winter started getting cold enough to prod me into finishing the garment in the only way I could: with elbow-length sleeves.