At any rate, today I finished the jacket, and it's now soaking so that I can block it and — yay! — wear it. It's a little different from the sorts of jackets I usually wear, but I do like it. My husband very kindly took these photos so I could show it to you. The fronts just fold back without fastening, which makes it very easy to wear.
By the way, the shop where I purchased all of the yarn for this project and had my lessons is one I "discovered" last spring. It's called Sin City Knit Shop, and it's recently moved into a larger space to accommodate the numbers of knitters who flock there. :) The owner, Debbi, is really welcoming and helpful, too. I feel so lucky to have a wonderful yarn shop and a wonderful quilt shop nearby!