It took me 1 year + and 2 major trips to the frogpond,* but I finally finished!
Thursday night I told Bruce that if I were single, I would pull an all-nighter that night to finish it. But I'm glad I didn't try that--I had to make some adjustments once I got the pieces sewn together. The neckline was much too big/wide, and I had to take out the collar ribbing (you do that last in crochet), fill in some space with single crochet, and redo the collar.
Overall, I'm pleased with it. It's a big, bulky sweater, which isn't particularly "fashionable" right now, but it seems like a good style for an Aran style sweater. I like the way these drop shoulder sleeves worked out--the sleeve stitch kind of melds with the body stitch near the shoulders, so it makes the drop shoulders less "dropped." The yarn worked great for the project--it's cuddly and warm! I plan on having it around for the many years.
Nerdy details for crocheters:
Pattern: "Rugged Rover" from Jane Snedden Peever's Crocheted Aran Sweaters.
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease (20% wool, 80% acrylic) in "Fisherman"
Hook size: H was recommended, but I had to use J to make the gauge work. All the amigurumi crocheting has made me a tighter crocheter! One size smaller hook used on trim.
Buttons: 5/8 (I think I may have to replace the buttons with bigger ones. 5/8 seem to be a bit small. I suppose I could also sew the buttonholes up a bit if I like these smaller buttons.
*Knitters and crocheters say they're making a trip to the frogpond when they have to rip something out. Rip it, rip it. Get it? :-)