There, I've said it. It's true. Shocking, I know.
Witness one of my least-favorite knitting things:
This is the dreaded 16" circular needle. Now, this is a double-edged sword: The needle is an Addi Turbo, which are my absolute favorite and the only thing I knit on unless there's some emergency or something (and yes, that happens. A knitting needle emergency is not weirder than a favorite pair of scissors, right?). Also, this circular signals the end of a project, so it brings with it images of new clothes, met deadlines, and all sorts of other good things.
But seriously. I hate knitting on this short a needle. It cramps my hands, I have to take frequent breaks, and it's just not enjoyable. If it weren't for my preference for as-perfect-as-possible finishing, I would never, EVER use a needle shorter than 24". But the benefits of knitting in the round around the armhole for the border are so obvious, I have to suck it up and do the armhole trimming on these hateful things. I've tried using DPNs instead, but I get ladders on DPNs at bigger gauges, so this is the only option.
I just have to keep saying to myself: You're almost done! You're almost done!
(of course, my most hated part of knitting is still ahead: weaving ends!)
This is all you're going to get to see of the vest until it's
printed, but don't worry I'll tell you all about it when it comes out!