At the end of last year, I was sitting in my coffee place freezing. Just like a cartoon thought bubble, a thought popped into my head: I need a sweater. Now, it's not as if I don't have any sweaters. Of course, I do--I'm a knitter after all! But I needed a new sweater. Luckily, I also have stash. Some really old stash. And since I'd just been informed that I would be out of work at the end of January, I decided that some stash diving was in order.
Knitpicks that I'd purchased eons ago. Since I didn't have a pattern in mind and didn't want to search through all the pattern books and magazines I own, I decided to wing it with a top-down, raglan sleeve that I would design on the needles. I knew that I wanted something simple style-wise; yet not plain Jane and it would have to look good with jeans as well as dress pants or a skirt. I also decided that I would knit the sleeves before finishing the body. I think as this as akin to knitting socks toe-up. The body will be as long or short as the amount of yarn I have left after the sleeves.
It has been fun to mix up sock knitting and designing with knitting a sweater. Especially since winter temperatures have arrived in the Bay Area. I figure in less than a week I'll have the sweater I needed back in December.