I did end up ripping back the sleeve instead of laddering down. I figured that between the narrow width of the sleeve and how far I had gone, that the laddering would be more time consuming than just reknitting that section. I was right. I'm back on track and the sleeves look like they go on the same sweater now:
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I'm hoping that I can block on Sunday and have it seamed on Monday. Even with that schedule, it won't be done for Christmas (as I still have the ribbing on the collar and the pockets to deal with as well as inserting the zipper). If I can get it blocked on Saturday night, and it's dry Sunday morning, I'll be on time. I just don't see that happening. It's also not a suprise (Matt even picked out the zipper) and I know he doesn't expect it Christmas morning. However, that's all the more reason I would like to have it done.
Okay, back to it then. I just have to remember that crunches are better for my back than sit ups, right?