It's not that I'm afraid of knitting sleeves, it's that I live on the North Carolina coast and 8 months out of the year long sleeves are just not needed outside (Inside, however, is a different story. We love our air conditioning). You would think that I would want to knit them the easiest way possible, but since I've never knit sleeves I want to make sure they are a proper length. To my brain this means finishing the body of the sweater so that I can try it on as I knit the sleeves. Maybe this is silly. Maybe not. I do know that when I wear long sleeves I like them to be a little on the long side so that they cover part of my palm. Fortunately I have a ton of this yarn, so I should have plenty for longer sleeves and a generous collar.
Mr. Irish Bear is very excited to see this project come along. The increases for the shoulders look great and he thinks I should just bind it off here so that he can steal it. Silly bear.