Who would have guessed? I just noticed when I logged in that this is my 700th post.
Tara, I began working on your armwarmers:
Unfortunately, I had to rip them out because they were just too wide. I knit until they were long enough for me to stick my hand in, and the 2X2 ribbing wasn't even stretched. The pattern said to use size 5 needles and that gauge wasn't important because these were meant to be stretchy - but these could have fit some ham-fisted individual. So, I will try again tonight with size 3 needles - I think size 4 needles would still be too big.
Back to the drawing board...