Sometimes a knitting project can test your endurance and patience. You've completed the most time-consuming, complicated part of the project and are on the home stretch. But don't get too comfortable and settle in for a smooth ride to the finish line because that's just an invitation for something to go awry.
Over the weekend I finished the body and bottom border of Alys, and I cast off. The end was in sight - knit the sleeves and I'd be done. Simple stockinette sleeves with a bit of a cabled border at the cuff. Bracelet length sleeves - short and sweet.
I picked up the first sleeve and started working in the round. The rest of the sweater had been knit flat. In the back of my mind - the way, way back - I had a thought that often my gauge in the round can differ from my gauge working flat. I should have tuned in and listened to that thought. After knitting a couple of inches I noticed that my sleeve gauge was slightly different from the rest of the sweater.
It was late in the day, so I put the sweater aside and picked up a sock. The next day I looked at the sleeve again. If I didn't point out the gauge difference, no one would ever notice. I didn't spend much time trying to convince myself. The sleeve bothered me, and I couldn't live with it. I ripped it out, changed needles and started over. Now, finally, I'm on course. After that delay I'm sprinting to the finish line.