As always, your work is lovely--so perfect, professional, and artistic! Since I have yet to follow a pattern as is, I applaud you for taking creative license with this one. Especially since it really sounds like it needed it.
All in all, I'd have to say the finished project was worth the delay, wouldn't you? And besides, it's not like you were "doing nothing" (as Olha's friend would say). You were making a truck load of beautifully knitted projects for others!!