In South Dakota, Easter is not necessarily the best time to wear a springy, sleeveless dress (in fact, it has been known to be an occasion for snowboots). So an Easter sweater had to be made for the Easter dress.
I had intended to make a long-sleeved cardigan, but when I got home from the yarn store (which is an hour’s drive away) I realized I hadn’t bought enough yarn. So, on to Plan B. This was a quick, not-too-difficult pattern, but though I’ve known how to knit for eight years, I still consider myself a beginner, since I’ve rarely ventured out of the realm of square/rectangular things and a few hats knit in the round. So I made a few (pretty large) mistakes along the way. But hopefully, as my dad pointed out, they will be only noticeable to me (and perhaps an expert knitter) the way that a woodworker’s mistakes are noticeable to himself but probably not to the average eye (my dad’s a pretty handy guy himself, so I’m sure he’s speaking from experience!).