It takes time to grow watermelons. Ask any gardener, and I’m sure you’ll find that patience is a necessary trait. And so it is with knitters (and crocheters too). Patience is needed.
I needed little patience to complete the sleeves. In fact, they progressed rather quickly. Using some of niece’s other cardigans, I added an extra inch to the length (have I mentioned that my niece is tall for her age?).
The finished sleeves, though, may have to wait a while on a spare needle before joining the body (once the body is long enough, I can add the sleeves and work it all together to form the yoke). Reaching the appropriate body length is taking a little longer. No matter how fast my needles fly, when I stop to measure I find that the thing has only grown a mere half-inch. My watermelon is growing very slowly. Yup, it can be a little long getting from the bottom to the yoke. Just keep knitting . . . .