1. The shape is wonderful--this is actually a pull-over, not a cardigan. The button band is sewn up and the lower band is tacked down to form the romantic little shape. I do love it, and that's why I wanted to make this thing in the first place.
2. The sleeves are good sleeves. There is nothing wrong with them. They are roomy and comfortable, with adequate shaping.
3. The yarn. I haven't worked too much with Wool of the Andes, but if it's all like this and if it wears well, I would highly recommend it. It splices like a dream, which is a weird thing to get excited about, but when you've spliced 8 balls without a hitch in the middle of a giant, sweater shaped hitch, it's stuff like that that gets you through.
4. Seamless shaping--even though it's notated wrong, the idea behind it is nice. The sweater isn't exactly seamless because of the button band, but it's constructed that way and it was a nice lesson in bottom up raglan shaping.
5. This sweater has given me confidence in my ability to read, judge, and modify patterns as well as boosted my confidence regarding my imminent designing. I have been meaning to start writing for myself for years, but haven't had the technical know how to do so. I am now intimately familiar with gauge, with shaping, with lengths for arm holes, and the like.
Still--this thing is hoodless, so what is there to be done? Well, let me show you:
Wish me luck. Right now I feel invincible, so this probably seems easier than it actually is...