Good news first:
I didn't run out of yarn!
Yes, that's right. Somehow I managed to eek out a neckband and all of the seams with just the little bit of yarn I had left. Huzzah!
But then -- BUT THEN! I had Chris try it on and I wanted to cry.
It's too big. He says the body fits fine though I think it's a tad long, but the big problem is the sleeves. Those blasted sleeves that I already shortened to account for my yardage. They are too long. Like way too long. That's a double rolled cuff we've got there.
So I have a few options. I can live with it, which is Chris' thought. He's fine with a rolled sleeve, but it bothers me to no end. So that's out. I could cut the sleeves and reknit the ribbing, which is something I've actually done before. I'm fairly confident that if I had an afternoon to myself I could make it work for sure. However there is a baby running around the house, so that could get rather complicated.
Which leaves us with option three -- the dryer. I've never intentionally put a hand knit in the dryer, but I know that it is a method used to shorten sweaters that have stretched too far. Will it work? I don't know. I'll have to do some research. Anyone have some suggestions?
For what it's worth, I've vowed to never sub yarn weights again. NEVER!