Ta da! This knitter's Noah's ark is ready to sail away:
I had a lot of fun throwing in "mistakes" here and there to mimic aged Japanese indigo ikat weavings.
Sashiko is now ready to be joined for the yoke shaping. I've marked the underarm stitches on the body and on the sleeves and I'm ready to start knitting around. The stitches between the markers will be placed on scrap yarn until I'm ready to graft the underarm stitches together.
I've calculated the raglan shaping and I think that double-decreasing every other row will give me just the right yoke depth if I don't do any free rounds at the start. I generally follow Elizabeth Zimmermann's percentage system (see Knitting Workshop or any of Meg Swansen's recent books for updated percentage and shaping information) when planning a garment, but anyone with a larger-than-average circumference has to be a bit careful about yoke shaping--the yoke can end up being waaaay too deep. Conversely, if you are quite slender you need a few extra rounds before you begin the decreases. Plus you'd better not complain to me.
So, thanks for keeping me on track! To the neck!!!
P.S. Yesterday John and I visited my cousin Sina at Snee-Oosh. Doesn't this scene with John and Sina look idyllic? In between damp weather, the Pacific Northwest produces some incredibly lovely days.