This story could be called: The Sweater That Wasn't
It's a long story so I'll just give you highlights - I took a class to learn continental-style knitting (didn't like that way). Ask the teacher/shop owner for help picking a sweater pattern for a novice knitter (me). She gave me 4 large 3-ringed binders to look through. I found a pattern (that I was "ok" with). She picked out yarn for me. I decided to buy a whole set of interchangable needles (this part I take full responsibility for). Figured - if I'm going to be a knitter, I might as well have ALL sizes of needles.
I started the sweater. Couldn't figure out the pattern so I put it away. I got it back out and started again with a new ball of yarn. That wasn't going so well. Ripped it out 1/2 way and redid it - still not too sure, so I put it away.
Then I lost 40 pounds.
After a couple of years of haunting me. I pulled out the doomed sweater and measured it - it's definitely TOO BIG.
So - I pulled out the needles
and unraveled and rewound the yarn.
Here is lots of yarn that I can now reknit.
Moral of this story
1. do NOT spend $250 on a class and yarn and needles until you know what you're doing.
2. Don't let an over-zealous shop owner talk you into something you know is over your head.
3. If it's not working, put it in time-out and come back later. Even if "later" is YEARS later.
I'll keep you updated on how this goes.
It WILL be a sweater someday!