Thanks for all the great comments on my Cable-eight Top. I appreciate your support tremendously!! A few of you wanted to know the details so here goes some info:
Pattern: Interweave Knits Spring 2005
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-ease Sportweight (80% acrylic/20% wool)
Amount: 14 oz
Needles: US 9/5.5mm
I also received several emails asking how I learned to knit. I hadn't knitted since I was a teen, and even then I just didn't "get it". In February of this year I discovered combination knitting as illustrated in the book Confessions of a Knitting Heretic by Annie Modesitt. It also has inspirational anecdotes about the author's family, her knitting roots, and her heretical approach to the art of knitting, which really encouraged me to keep on trying.
Once I started knitting using the combination method my skill level increased even quicker than I expected. My tension evened out immediately and my confidence to try actual garments went way up. The Cable-Eight Top was my first attempt at cabling and was a great choice. Very easy and quick.
If you check out the finished projects section of the sidebar you will find a scarf and a shell that I completed this spring. Again, if you think you may be on my Christmas list, please immediately forget any projects you may see on this blog.