The birthday hoodie is off the needles and blocked. I still have to buy a zipper, but since we've become the house of flu, I haven't been able to make it to the store to buy that zipper.
E is pleased with the results, but I'm not sure it's long enough. The measurements are spot-on, according to the pattern, and I still have two hanks left over. I'll have to let the recipient live with it for a while before I decide whether or not to frog it back and add some length to the sweater. I'm really sick of knitting it and don't want to look at it for a while.