It's taken me about 4 months and I'm finally done with the sweater sampler!. For those of you who havn't read earlier postings about this, it's from a book called "The Sweater Workshop" 2nd Edition, by Jacqueline Fee. Her whole thing is knitting sweaters in the round from the bottom up, doing the sleeves from the bottom up, joining them to the body in progress, then finishing the neck. Voilà, no seams to sew.
I picked up a number of new skills, including understanding increases and decreases much better, knitting with two colors at the same time, creating I-cords and knitted belts, creating pockets (she even shows you how to add a pocket AFTER you're done with the garment), creating a placket, short rows, and multiple ways to finish a sweater (lace, I-cord, ribbing, hem). I highly recommend this book to any other newbie out there as well as to any of you experts that are knitting your sweaters in pieces and then sewing them together and would like to try something different.
You can see the pocket I added after the fact; it's the purple line in the middle on the sampler back. The next photo shows the pocket inside out. Of everything I did, this freaked me out the most because you start by snipping a stitch, which is the center of the pocket, then you pick up the freed stitches with dpn's and knit the pocket in the round to the depth you want it to go. I have to say I'm glad I'm done because I was definitely experiencing project fatigue with this one!