I finally got gauge on my sweater after a couple of false starts and a regrettable lapse into procrastination. I have completed seven inches of the back and that's all, not counting all the knitting I did with too small and too large needles.
I am on the right track now for a handknit sweater in the correct size. Sadly, I won't finish in time to enter it in the festival competition. I'd like to aim to be done in time to wear the sweater at the festival but given my rate of progress I fear all I would have is the makings of a thick knitted waistcoat, if that.