This is the very first sweater I ever knit. It is the "Provincial Waistcoat" by Mari Lynn Patrick from the Interweave Knits Winter 2006 Issue.
I had practiced cable knitting on swatches when I first learned how to knit, but this was the first project that involved cables. Prior to this, I had only knit small things, like teddy bears, hats, and scarves. I spotted this issue of Interweave Knits in the bookstore and I was so motivated to knit a big girl project, I bought the magazine on the spot and went home to order the yarn I needed.
The day the yarn arrived, I just HAD to get started right away. I casted-on about 10 times that night into the wee hours...I was still a newbie and tended to either not give myself enough slack or casted-on waaay too tight. Actually, I still do that now. Bad habit.
But I was persistent and finished this sweater without starting any other projects (that's a big deal, other knitters know what I mean). To this day, it was still one of the most enjoyable projects. It was interesting to knit, the waist shaping was impeccable, and the yarn was really outstanding to knit with. Mari Lynn Patrick quickly became one of my all-time favorite designers.
This sweater is in my closet today and sadly not worn as much as it deserves to be worn. But sometimes I find myself just letting my hand graze over it as I search for something to wear in the morning...I still love it even if it doesn't see the light of day.