Even though I have not tried this on, and even though I am not very far into the project, so far this:
is exactly what I was planning. It makes me happy. I smile when I see it. I hope it doesn't break my heart.
*Thank you all for all the really positive comments! Knitters (and knit-blog-readers) are the nicest people!
**Yes, thanking you here may be my cop-out for not getting around to thanking you individually.
***I'm a bad blogger/blog commenter/blog comment returner.