Front shaping with the sleeves already divided out for. First try on to see if it fits.
After a couple of tries and having to frog, I finally managed to get my gauge correct so I could actually knit this. Suppose one of these days, I should learn to get off my butt and do a swatch–but what fun is that? I had to go up two needle sizes in order to get the correct gauge. Now that I have my needle sizes, I have a couple of pairs of DPNs on their way from http://knitpicks.com/ so that I can finish up the sleeves and the hood when the time comes. I ordered one of them as nickel-plated and one as the laminated wood to see if I have a preference.
Back shaping: very pleased with how nice and even it’s turning out.
For a first sweater, I don’t think I’m doing too bad. This project has given me enough confidence and knowledge that I’m ready to tackle one for my hubby when I’m done. Very very pleased with this.