I finished Aidez on Monday.
What I learned:
1. If your knitter's intuition says that X, Y, and Z are 'kinda funny' with the pattern, you should probably listen.
2. If your knitty-senses are tingling screaming that this sweater is way too small, you should not ignore it even though you've done a swatch, measured your subject, and checked gauge several times throughout the knitting process and gotten it bang on every time. Knitting along happily ignoring the obvious does not make the obvious magically disappear. If the sweater's too small, the sweater's too small no matter what the gauge says.
3. If you're knitting the sweater at knitting night and everyone there says how pretty it is but who will it fit? – you should probably take this, once again, as a sign that something's not quite right (see #1 and #2 above).
4. If you've been knitting for 33 years and you have even an inkling of basic sweater construction, or even if you've ever worn a sweater at all in your entire life, you should not note that the raglan shaping is much too narrow and would never fit a human being but then continue to knit it as written, trusting that it will all work out in the end.
5. Blocking fixes some things. A lot of things. It does not fix everything. Like a raglan section that's not deep enough, or side shaping that decreases at the waist but doesn't increase again at the bust, or even two front panels that do not equal the width of the back panel. Those things, blocking does not fix.
6. I am not the only one that's encountered these problems (why, oh why, did I not notice that before I started?).
Given facts one through six above, the current state of Aidez is such:
Let's just hope I get Aidez: Take Two done while it's still cold enough for her to wear it.
May the gods of knitting speed be with me.