Hey, everyone! Thanks for your kind comments! I think this sweater turned out pretty welll, too. It's so cozy, I didn't take it off after my little photo shoot and wore it all evening. Cozy and warm, but not big and bulky.
No, I definitely haven't been knitting for years. I've been knitting for almost a year and a half. I didn't think this sweater was all that hard. I usually try to add some new skill to my repertoire with every project and that way nothing is too daunting. Well. Usually.
Thanks for the comments about my zipper. It wasn't hard to put in (I did it by hand), it just took forever because I stitched it in with little tiny stitches so it would be nice and sturdy.
Mirage, I think the author of the pattern created a 33" size later. You might go check at Knitty.com or look at the yahoo knit-along group where it would have been posted.