Bring on the winter knitting challenge!
I have enjoyed myself (so far) with this project. Not only is it the first item I have knitted for myself for over two decades, it has also amply demonstrated the rule that it is impossible to bust a stash without buying more. Mixing yarns is just as much fun as playing around with fabrics.
The random yarn brought out the control freak in me. I wasn't convinced by the way four black stripes ended up bunched together in the ribbing at the front. The black is perhaps a little too black, looking smudgy like coal dust when you have had a careless moment making a fire. But I can live with it. Once the button band is on these stripes should blend in better.
The plan when I started was to make set in sleeves and shoulder seams. Then I changed my mind and decided to do raglan shaping and knit the whole lot on a circular needle. I am really pleased with the way the stripes change direction with the shoulder shaping.
Perhaps it will be finished by Christmas, but if not I should have it in plenty of time for February, which is often when winter finally decides to hit us.