I just wanted to share what I've been working on lately. The first is my 17-years-or-so-in-the-making cable sweater. After having knit only simple garter stitch, with a yarn-over and two knit stitch border dishrags as a boy, this sweater was the very first thing I started on as an adult. That was when I was about 25 or so. I've got the back, one sleeve, and now a lot of the front completed. My goal is to have it completed by this fall. Check out the 80s hair!
The other project I'm working on is a sweater sampler. It comes from the book "The Sweater Workshop, 2nd Edition" by Jacqueline Fee. She generously credits Elizabeth Zimmerman for the ideas. Basically, she teaches you how to make a sweater of your own design with your own yarn and needle choices in the round so you have to sew very few seams. The sweater sampler is probably too basic for most of you guys, but I have learned how to do short rows, add a sweatshirt pocket very easily, a twisted ribbing, the cable cast-on, two-colors at a time, and several more techniques are coming up. David has already picked out a hooded sweater he wants me to make him! You could probably do a much smaller sampler just working through the techniques you don't already know. I've found myself going out of my mind on some of the endless rounds of stockinette stitch.