Blame it on hubby -- or more precisely, blame it on me for spoiling the surprise.
That day when I finished piecing the front and back together, I asked him to put it on to ensure that everything fits. Well, almost -- until he popped this statement, "where are the sleeves?"
*SLEEVES*! What sleeves?! Doesn't he know it's a vest that I am knitting?
Hubby: "Erh...this material (pardon him on his poor word choice -- he's not quite into the knitter's lingo yet) is soft, airy and comfortable enough -- I can wear it in Singapore. Besides I see you wearing your blue top (that's Tinklebell, my readers) often so this must be ok. This will look good with long sleeves. What do you think?"
What do I think?! Hmmppf, not much...I thought all that's needed was for me to pick up the collar and finish it off; that's what I thought!
Hubby: "Can do right? Should be easy for you to change the vest to a sweater? You do that all the time, isn't it?"
I can't refuse him. Not when:
1. He has such a high opinion that his wife can do *magic* with all that knitting.
2. Or that he just given me a lovely gift in the form of Precious Moment knitting figurine.
Besides, if making sleeves is what's gonna make him wear this garment often -- I'll brave sleeve island and see this right to the end...
Except that my fingers are still resisting the need to cast on. Until last night.
Honestly if my hubby doesn't wear this sweater like he professes he will when it's completed, I'll be really mad!
Moral of the story: If you don't want to subject yourself to any pattern modifications or sudden pattern changes, DO NOT, and I repeat, DO NOT flash out the project and ask the recipient to try it on -- this act will surely bring on some creative *inputs* that may not be necessarily in your plan. Especially if you are on a deadline!
Ok, vent over. My students sympathized upon hearing my plight last week during our group class. Co-incidentally, the feel-good came when FeliciaW brought some of these: