I cut the arm and neck steeks yesterday with a little encouragement from my Bud. The sweater did not explode, nor did the knitting police come and haul me off. I picked up the neck stitches and knit the neck band and now am working on the sleeve. One of my concerns with the sleeves was that the reductions would interrupt the pattern and this would be hard to keep track of. I am finding that this is not the case with a little common sense. I have still not found a circular needle that will not catch the yarn at the join of the needle and cable, so I am struggling along. We are in the midst of a blizzard here in Maine as I type so this is a good time to sit and knit.