The sweater is done! The stand-in sweater was promptly stuffed in the donation box! I really want to knit something on big needles with no cables now! And I have a new camera that takes pictures in which you can see stitch definition!
If you are on ravelry, you can see more of it here.
It's a pattern from the first of Vogue Knitting's vintage reprint books "Knitting in Vogue" called Round-Necked Cable Cardigan from 1951. After an arduous search for a heathered light blue yarn (why is light blue so rarely a heather-y color?), I settled on Jamieson's Double Knitting in Sky Blue and for the trim used Prussian Blue. I went down one needle size on both the ribbing and body.
This is the second time I've made this sweater - the first one wore out, and I liked it so much and it went with so many things already in my wardrobe, that I had to make it again. The first one was on even smaller needles. Maybe by the time this one wears out, I'll be able to find yarn with the correct gauge. And I'll be 63.
And my knitting basket is almost empty for the first time in probably a decade! I just need to mend some gloves and then it will be truly empty!*
* I think I'm using the exclamation points to make up for not getting the same sense of relief as after I finished my replacement brown cardigan.
Footnote: My hair (which you can't really see) is in a "messy bun" based on instructions in the Babes In Hairland book. It's really easy, however the style in the book is for shorter hair. I used almost the entire box of bobby pins.