It's all set. I had started the waistband on the needles since they were cable twisted ribbing all the way across, and after row 12 the back piece was mounted on the needle bed of the knitting machine. Armed with my figures for the number of rows needed to bring the back to it's length, I banged it out in less than an hour, armhole and neck shaping too! Joy!!! Cast off and piece the thing together, add the buttonhole band - I could be wearing this in no time!
All that joy was gone when I realized that my gauge was miscalculated. It seemed kinda long. The stitches won't tighten up enough to make up for that. Then I realized that I forgot to divide everything by 4 to attain the 1" number. Holding up the neck shaping to my neck and the waistband dangled down by my knees, the thing was 4 times too long. Gack! How could I overlook that? Why did I keep going when the piece was so long on the machine that it needed to be wound up to keep from hitting the floor? Get it away from me - stuff it in a box. I gotta think about this when my thinking isn't so tainted.
A few weeks later, I start ripping out dozens of rows of stitches. The pile of yarn builds up on the floor. Still jaded over the mishap, it goes back in the box. This time it sits in there for a few months.
It took 3 hours to untangle the pile and wrap up the homemade skeins.