I finished this sweater. It's a major project because it's a sweater, first one I've knit in probably five years or more. I've been a socks-mittens-scarves-hat knitter for so long, I really thought I'd lost my sweater mojo.
It's good to know I haven't. My very first knitting projects were sweaters, and for a long time, that's all I knit. Mostly pullovers, though, and lately I've been wanting to wear cardigans.
Only trouble is, I like to knit in the round. To knit a cardigan in the round, you have to cut it open in the front, then knit on button bands. I kept losing my nerve, which is strange because I've knit sweaters with cut armholes.
So I knit this one flat, back and forth. It was actually kind of fun to do something different. The sleeves were picked up and knit in the round, of course. I really enjoyed this project, and it was good to have a big something to work on over several months. The pattern is Fylingdales, from Lisa Lloyd's book A Fine Fleece. I made some modifications to it, most notably having to completely wing it on the sleeves, because her directions didn't work at all.
It's also a major project because I spun all the yarn. This is my first major project made with my own yarn. It's a three-ply, spun on my Ladybug, using a supported long draw. The yarn turned out fluffy and squishy, in most places. All in all, a success.