I will write up a post about the more fun/interesting house projects soon. Like my garden! [Side Note: It has 1 brandywine tomato plant in it. I bought it from the nursery. All of my seedlings died. No big surprise here. I just wish I knew WHY! They never made it past the 'first two leaves' stage. I avoided fungal rot at the base of the plants this year though. That's progress!]
My gathered pullover has an entire body, eagerly awaiting sleeves. The fabric is lightweight and has enough drape along with really defined stitches. I think the larger needles (US 7) really help this pattern live up to its potential.
Here's a close-up view of the ribbed, cabled, gathered area on the front of the sweater. It's like an island of intricacy sitting in a sea of stockinette. It was a very welcome change after nearly a foot of knitting a straight tube!
Alas, I don't think I'll finish this in time to wear it this spring. We've already had a few 80 degree days. There's always the office though, kept at a crisp 68 degrees during the hotter months. That sounds like light sweater weather to me.
I'm going to have to adjust my knitting calendar so that I'm a season ahead from now on. Note to Self: Begin spring things immediately after Christmas. Begin fall things in July. Begin winter things by September. That ought to do it.