...to tell you that:
A) I officially loathe making jeans. These things are going to have to make me look like freakin' Elle Macpherson at this point, or I will never regret purchasing my jeans for the rest of my jeans-wearing years. Latest irritation: ripping off the waistband which, somehow, managed not to be long enough to fit the top of the pants - despite being the correct size according to the directions. Did I mention that retrofitting the too-long zipper took 30 minutes last night?
B) Just completely wet blocked the side fronts of the cardigan (final sleeve will be finished this evening dammit. I can't wait to see what blocking's all about). Whoa, peeps, you weren't kidding when you said that alpaca stretches. Mind you, I re-wrangled things into the schematic dimensions, so I'm not going to freak out. I don't know how this is going to improve the overall look of the finished garment, but I'm following the rules.
Does anyone have any advice about the best way to finish the garment i.e. sew it up? I'm going to graft the back neck (where the side fronts merge) but other than that I don't know what's best. Someone suggested that I pick up stitches and 3 needle bind off the sides. I really don't get picking up stitches but I think your stitches need to be live to 3 needle bind off, yes? Oh, so many terms and pins and towels and books...