Why you were excited about knitting this project: I really wanted to reuse this yarn, which I liked so much and I wanted to make something that would work out! So, I chose this pattern because it was cute and looked like enough of a challenge to keep me interested but easy enough to be doable.
Modifications: I decided, since I had so much yarn, to go ahead and make this longer. Plus, I'm not really in love with the cut-off jacket craze. I did 10 repeats of the lace pattern before decreasing the sleeves (8 before separating).
Project Details: I chose a smaller size than my measurements because I didn't want a huge beast like my last attempt. It actually blocked out about 2 inches longer but the width didn't really increase much. I do wish, that I had added a bit more width in the front of the cardi. I can't close mine even if I wanted to. But, as a light cover up, it works great! Also, I might have liked the sleeves just a touch longer, but it actually looks okay with the cut-off sleeves.