I've finished the regular decreasing and am about 1/4 of the way across the first shoulder strap. Now that I look at it, it might be better to wait until I finish all the decreasing to write directions for it; the pictures will be clearer. Is anyone waiting for decreasing directions RIGHT NOW, or can you wait another week for them? I'll still present the directions in two sets, the regular decreasing and the shoulder straps/back of neck, but with it all done it's a lot easier to look at it and get the feel for what you're doing.
In the mean time, I've begun wondering if the arms are too long:
A little too long is fine; long sleeves mean warm hands, and this is intended as an outdoor jacket. Super-long sleeves are an old trick used by the ancient Chinese and the Medieval Russians. They dealt with colder climates than I ever will, and if it worked for them, it'll work for me. But really really long sleeves are going to result in a tutorial on how to shorten them; the ancient Chinese and the medieval Russians never had to drive a car. Oy.
When I took a photo of my knitting chair the other day, someone commented on a book that was in the corner of the photo: The Day the Universe Changed, by James Burke.
If you remember the documentary series "Connections" from the nineties, that's the same guy. It's the history of science and technology, and an easy read. All in layman's terms. They should be using this book as a text in colleges, or making it required reading in Western Civ. It's that good. Basically it's the tale of how we got to where we are -- all the useful stuff history has to learn, with none of the stupid crap we don't need. (I love James Burke.)