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Back to the knitting:
Picture this (because I can't show it to you today): I'm knitting along, following the pattern (which I have painstakingly adjusted for stitch and row gauge) and I'm thinking "Wow, this looks too long. How much knitting can be left before the armholes?" So, I did what any sensible knitter would--I measured the piece.
What the.... How could it be that I'm almost to the correct length, but I'm nowhere near the arm shaping? With my trusty tape measure I also checked my gauge. Stitch gauge good. Row gauge... Hey! Wait a minute!
Look, there is photographic proof that I swatched. I measured, I counted, and I knew what the row gauge was. Despite that, row gauge had other ideas for my sweater. Another check revealed that I had somehow achieved the pattern's row gauge. almost never, ever match a pattern's row gauge. Oh, it's not for lack of wanting, it's usually because--like here--I'm not using the yarn specified in the pattern. But now, when I didn't wanted to get a different row gauge (and planned accordingly) what happens? Yeah, it's dead on to the pattern.
What's a knitter to do? Not much. I frogged back about ten rows, respaced two decreases and finished things off so that I could begin the arm shaping. As long as I copy this same, um, design element on the front, I should be all set.