I am at the point where the sleeve portion is long enough to match the circumference of my upper arm. The pattern says to put the sleeves on waste yarn and then finish the rest of the sweater.
Can I finish off the sleeves first instead and put the rest of the sweater on waste yarn....I don't see why it can't be done this way but if not please let me know....I would hate to mess up at this point! I would rather finish off the sleeves first and then do the rest as I am not sure how long I want mine to be yet and am fast running out of yarn....I might wing it...
I don't see any reason why you wouldn't be able to do that, except that its gong to be easier to move the smaller number of sleeve stitches to waste yarn than the very large number of stitches that make up the body.
I ran out of yarn binding off the ruffles for the last sleeve (darn ruffles!). I used a piece of orange yarn to finish it off and surprisingly, I hardly notice it.