Having made this sweater in the traditional style, I'm going through a bit of a 'getting used to" curve of how the sleeves feel being a tad short and this is definately the first sweater I've ever owned that was tight, however I happened to finish it on one of the first cold snap nights and now I see why old fishermen loved this style. It really does keep the wind out and trap the heat in the textured patterns. This has me pacing to start on the Aran now since it has more detail and heavier yarn.
And speaking of starting on the Aran, After working with size 4's dpns, and finishing with size 2 dpns, working on size 8's now is like working with telephone poles, or trying to use kindergarten pencils for chopsticks. Not to mention swapping from gansey weight wool to authentic Aran weight wool, is like working with rope now. It could be worse though, my wife has started her eyestrain project today. She's working on a Faroese lace shawl with size 5's and lace weight yarn. No thanks. Working on yarn the weight of dental floss, I'll pass.
Thanks to everyone for the tips on Aran yarn and knitting bags. Now does anyone know a good gansey weight (7 sts/in on size 2's, 5-ply) yarn for sale in America? Only things I've heard of is british breeds and Poppletons. Both have to be imported from overseas.