Is the sweater finished?
Is it wearable?
Is it "perfect"?
Will you rip out what could be changed to make in perfect?
No way in hell!
So that's where we are with my somewhat cowl, it's done and it's going to stay that way. The finished product is a bit to big but I wore it to work and no one made jokes about hand knitting or even asked if I made it.
But hypothetically how would I reknit this?
1. Knowing now that alpaca grows I'd knit the size 34 instead of 36.
2. Looking at other people's Somewhat Cowls on Ravelry I like the way this sweater looks in darker colors a lot more than in the pale lavender yarn. I'd probably go for a gray or brown.
3. The raglan line has already been shortened but I'd reduce the length further. Or maybe raglans just don't work for my shoulder/bust configuration. Not sure on this point.
4. I'd cut out even the tinniest place where the silk in the yarn did not spin as finely as it should have. When knitting in the round cutting out these areas seemed like a pain and I only did it for larger slubs. But now there are smaller slubs in the bottom front of the sweater that continue to annoy me.
Considering that this sweater was cast on in mid 2007, I'm just glad it's done!