Proof that it is off the needles. However, there are still a few of the gajillion ends and it needs a good soak (that will hopefully even out the color and a good block as well for the lace edges on the armholes.
When I started this sweater, I thought that it was a good choice for the knit along because it wasn't too complicated and I should be able to finish it in a month. However, with finishing my mother's sweater and other distractions I didn't even cast on until November 6. However the knitting was cruising right along and I wasn't too tempted to stray (especially since my devoted knitting time was limited so having a simple stockinette project fit well) so I thought I might finish early. That was not to happen when I noticed that the yarn had been dyed with fugitive dye (thanks for the terminology Phyl) and I would have to do lots of ripping to be happy (especially since I had been living in denial). Then I realized I was in denial about how much I was bothered by an end that resulted due to knots in the yarn. You guessed it, more ripping. Finally, I finished the stockinette parts and was able to move on to the lacy bits. So while my rough calculations put the sweater at around 42,000 stitches, I am sure that with knitting and ripping and reknitting I have knit the required 50,000 stitches for the challenge.
Despite all of my troubles with this yarn (a few knots, the fugitive dye) I really liked knitting with it. It has a sort hand and is not as difficult to knit with as some other cottons that I have knit with (is the difference mercerization?). I would knit another project with this yarn. I will try to get a formal FO post up early next week