I finally took the plunge and started a profile on Ravelry. I don't know why, but I had been reluctant to do so, perhaps because I assumed it was for "serious" knitters. But wouldn't you know it, I found that it is free, a valuable resource, and I get to post my projects! I have found it especially helpful when researching future knitting projects.
I have been thinking long and hard about what I want to tackle next. I have decided on the "Tangled Yoke Cardigan". I fully expect it to be a challenge as it has a complicated tangled vine pattern, uses circular needles (in three sizes) and has nine button holes. But hey, I WANT the challenge. And I figure if I get started now, it might be done around Thanksgiving.
Taken from Interweave Knits Fall 2007, I have found that it is a very popular pattern - hundreds of people have knit it on Ravelry.
I just couldn't resist the tangled pattern on the yoke. It's a little scary, but I know I can do it!
The yarn has already been ordered: Rowan Felted Tweed in Seafarer.
This sweater is turning out to be quite expensive between the yarn and the needles required, but I don't want to compromise on this just to save a few bucks. The way I see it, I am gaining valuable skills and it will be something I'll wear for a very long time.
For now the hardest part is waiting for the gorgeous yarn to arrive ...