It is the beginning of a new year and many of us are considering some sort of daily, weekly, or monthly project. I have been trying to decide on something that isn't insane, which is hard for me, since I tend toward the crazy. I am pretty sure I want a knit/crochet project. Obviously a 365 wouldn't work well, I knit a lot, but a project a day would be impossible since I do not use a knitting machine, and I do not make small projects. That leaves me a choice between a 52 weeks project, or a 12 months project... tough choice.
A 52 sweater project is really tempting, but as I said I am trying to steer away from insane, and this is borderline. I know I could complete a sweater every week, but I may not be able to get anything else done, and my family might suffer. Not to mention the expense of the yarn involved in this one, oh wait, I mentioned it. I could easily do a 12 sweater project, but that doesn't seem inspiring enough to keep me interested.
The sweater I am currently working on is my own design, and I want to do more of that in the future. If I am going to design some sweaters I need to learn how to grade a pattern and get myself some test knitters. If I do 12 months of sweater design I will force myself to get those two things done. It sounds logical, right? So that is the project: 12 months of sweaters, designed by me, graded to at least S, M, and L, and test knit if possible (I will be flexible on this part since I can't control anybody else).
My sweater for January is a 3/4 sleeve cropped cardigan with cables down the front. I am half way through the pattern, knitting as I go. Today I will complete the ribbed hem and neckline, then it is on to the sleeves. Wish me luck, and let me know if you want to test knit anything!