I Love This Pattern!
I'm in love.
No, not with Mr. Sweater Model over there. I'm in love with the Knitting Pure & Simple pattern.
Yes, it's the same one I screwed up a few days ago when I forgot to place the first stitch marker but I'm over my trauma and zipping along. With a little luck I'll be pulling off the sleeve stitches and stowing them on waste yarn today and beginning the long trek down the body of the sweater toward the hem.
This is truly a fabulous way to knit. It's top down which means circs which means no purling which means sheer delight. Now I don't hate purling but I'd rather limit my exposure. It's fascinating to see the way the kf&b increases on either side of the markers form a fake seam that also serves as a very cool design element. I'm using my Denises (sizes 9 and 6) and if you're familiar with them, you know how light and flexible they are and how easy on the hands and arms. (Especially since I'm knitting with a fairly hefty yarn -- Elann's Peruvian Highland Chunky.)
This is one of those addictive projects that I may have to ask Goldisox to store behind lock and key when I should be working. I find myself grabbing every spare second I can to try to squeeze in just one more round.
Thanks be to Elizabeth Zimmerman: my knitting mojo's back!