You already saw the shawl:
Continental Method. You can see where I did that - about halfway through this shawl, the knitting gets really crimpy and wonky. That's where I switched to Continental. I did it in the hopes that it would ease some arthritis I can feel starting up in my right hand and yes, it did help a bit. I still have to keep an eye on things (being a designer, I depend on my hands in a major way and don't want to jeopardize that), but the Continental is much faster than throwing and makes purling so much more comfortable. Plus, I find it to be much more comfortable to sit in chairs with arms and other constrained spaces while knitting. If you want to learn more about it, check this little video out:
I also finished THE SWEATER. You remember THE SWEATER? The one I started way back in JANUARY? Of 2010? Geez.
Yikes, excuse the Holiday Hair, will you?
It was a long process and one fraught with challenges and frustrations, but I learned a lot from it. Namely, I need to start thinking about "ease". That is to say, how loose or snug I want to wear things. Technically, the sweater fits. But it's loose and somewhat shapeless. I need things a bit more form-fitting. And I need to start knitting my ribbing up in smaller needles than the rest of the body.
Here is an incomplete synopsis of the process, in case it interests you:
Feb 2: Yoke complete, underarm stitches on stitch holder.
Mar 7: Body complete, including placket and collar.
Mar 14: Realized that the sleeves weren't fitted enough and converted them to 2x1 ribbing. One sleeve complete.
April, May, June, July, August: languish, languish, languish, languish, languish
Sept: Trip to Cape Breton. Both sleeves complete, but body deemed unacceptable. Chris provides a good solution (some 2x1 ribbing at the waistine), necessitating a ripping-out and a re-knitting of the body. Also on the chopping block: placket and collar. Obsession about button choices.
Oct: Open-collar surgery, following solicited advice on the ripping out of said collar and re-knitting. More on the process in an upcoming blog post.
Dec: Got off my proverbial arse and finished the damn thing. New placket, new collar, buttons and button holes. Ends woven, blocked and ready to wear.