As soon as I finished my Star Trek sweater last weekend, I cast on for a cabled vest. I'm test knitting this vest for Laura Aylor. I impulsively signed up for this test knit while perusing the Free Test Knitters board on Ravelry in the process of posting my own design. You can see what the finished product will look like by checking out her project page on the prototype. This is my progress so far:
The deadline is March 3rd, but I should have no problem completing it by then. I fully plan on counting this vest as one of my twelve sweaters. It'll be pretty nice to have three out of twelve done by the time March rolls around.
I actually did two swatches for this vest- one on eights like the pattern called for and then one on sevens that got me gauge. In the past, I wouldn't have bothered with swatching and gone up a size because I thought I was a tight knitter. I think I've changed over the last year or two because now I either use the recommended needle size or go down. Has anyone else's knitting tension changed over the years?
As a quick little aside, my copy of The Principles of Knitting arrived in the mail today. I didn't expect it to be so big- it's like a textbook! I also got a copy of Sweater Design in Plain English earlier this week. Between the two, I have plenty of reading material.
Hope everyone is having a good week; I'm off to Knit Night!