The other thing I did Sunday, besides doing ninety-two loads of laundry, washing a mountain of dishes, and baking a loaf of bread and a big honkin' pork roast, was to cast on a sweater. For me. Hallelujah!
I'm making this cabled coat, by Norah Gaughan.* I fell in love with it the first time I saw it in Vogue Knitting. I'm doing the boring moss stitch backs first, knowing myself as I do. Otherwise, I'd knit the technically interesting cabled sections and never get around to finishing it. (Moss stitch, like its close cousin seed stitch, is fun to knit, but vast amounts of it can be tough going. I'm using the cabled parts as the carrot on a stick...)
I started with the Right Back - which was actually a large gauge swatch. When I saw that my gauge was spot-on (I went down a needle size from what was recommended. Loose knitter, here.) I immediately cast on the Left Back and knit it to catch up.
Now I'm knitting them simultaneously, just like I knit sleeves two-at-a-time, linking them with safety pins so I don't lose track of which direction I'm going. (That's Sunday's photo above. I'm now about 6" along.)
* How is Gaughan pronounced, anyway? Rhymes with Vaughan, perhaps?