Okay, it's not the one I started first, but I was bored after I knit the front and back of my 'real' first. I needed some instant gratification and I've also never joined pieces together before and didn't want to ruin the pieces I'd spent months (off and on) making.
A co-worker suggested I knit something up using size 50 needles, those big red plastic 'speed stix' - my gauge using them is 5 st = 4", so things go quickly. Making this also gave me the chance to use up yarn that I've had for over a year - New Zealand wool, the name's Bulky Lopi I think, I balled it all up and threw out the labels. It's got a nice rustic look, but it's a bit furry and too scratchy for tighter stitches. It took me the weekend (mostly putting it together) plus some finishing Monday night crocheting a neck band. Now I have a few questions, and any advice would be helpful.
1) The shoulder seams are gigantic. While it's nice to look broad-shouldered for once, is there a good way to attach pieces 'end to side' and not create a big seam?
2) How do you weave ends in without it being visible from the right side? This is something I can't find any info on in my (very small) knitting library.
3) Patterns! I need more, for things like men's jumpers, scarfs and hats, that aren't hideous. Book/web site suggestions?