When last Beth saw this, it was in pieces. I worked on it as my project for an Intermediate Knitting class last winter back in St. Louis at Knitorious. I made a couple of good faith efforts at finishing it, but when I realized I had made some mistakes fitting the drop shoulders in, I got frustrated, and it languished around our apartment in St. Louis, got packed for the move to OKC, and sat in its bag IN THE GARAGE here while I procrastinated dealing with it. (I. Have. No. Issues.)
Finally, Margaret helped me with my mattress stitch skills, and I finished the one side, but the other side was going to require MATH (liberal arts major here), or at least the ability to hold a measuring tape without stretching it, so I was grateful when Clanci started offering a finishing service through Gourmet Yarn.
Spiritual lesson learned: Having this sitting around kept me from starting another sweater. It's very liberating to have it done.
Knitting lessons learned: To watch carefully while working with variegated hand-dyed yarns. The skeins behaved very differently while knitting up. I had to alternate skeins on some pieces in order to not have major odd pooling. Also, Margaret taught me how to fix holes I created when I did the neckline and shoulders. When we were sitting there working with it, I couldn't believe how far I had come in being able to 'read' what I had done wrong.
Specs: Pullover from 'Hip to Knit' by Judith Swartz
Yarn: Araucania Nature Wool (I think it was the chunky version). But please don't ask how much or what size needles and all that.