My one saving grace is that it's pretty much replaced all my other hobby expenses and I'm frugal, so I'm not throwing our budget. But still, I feel guilty when I'm getting my shoes out of the closet and a little zip-loc bag of yarn falls on my head from... somewhere.. and I say, "Oh.. yeah! ... I remember this..."
I was all set to make my Sothern cropped, like one of the samples, because I said I was trying new things. Well, I decided to get a few more balls of Wool of the Andes yarn and make the long version. Since my torso is long I usually end up yanking on my shirts and sweaters as it is. I doubt I have jeans with a high enough waist to comfortably wear this, and since I spend all of my extra clothing allowance on yarn...
Besides, when I'm finished with this sweater, it may be my piece de resistance. I may as well go all the way with it. As you can see, there is one stray skein of Cascade fingering weight in canary yellow. I doubt I will ever make the bright sweater I originally bought it for, so I'm holding multiple strands together to equal one strand of worsted for all of the yellow portions of this pattern. I may regret this decision, especially since Wool of the Andes is so inexpensive, but the yellow color I wanted is on backorder and I didn't want to wait to get started. It also assuaged my guilt about all the forgotten yarn purchases.
Progress so far: I went down one needle size to a 2 and reduced the number of cast on stitches to avoid my usually floppy ribbing problems. I'll switch to a size 3 (I know) and increase back to the correct amount of stitches before beginning the body.