I definitely agree about the "time out" and I'll try to wait until the weekend to try again. But, it's mocking me and I'll have to pick up the needles later, I just know it.
The suggestion of doing something simpler is also good, however...here's the thing...this IS simple. It couldn't be more simple. Especially this ribbing part. I'm making it difficult somehow. It's me. Not the sleeve.
I will beat the sleeve, have no doubt. It's just a matter of time and my will being stronger than IT. A big glass of wine and my best "I will crush you" face should scare the yarn into submission, don't ya think?