For the last couple of months I have been working steadily on a summer sweater (Rusted Root) for myself. In fact, this is the first project that I have ever made for myself and also the first sweater. Sounds crazy, especially since I have been knitting for a little over 3 years now! So far it is going great. Had a little trouble with the lace pattern in the beginning, but then a very good friend of mine whipped up a sweet lace chart for me (thank you!!). I definitely recommend practicing the lace chart a couple of repeats before starting the sweater. I think I ripped out the sweater 3 or 4 times before I finally got it right. Casting on over 100 stitches multiple times gets old. Row 3 of the lace chart is a little tricky with the YOs, especially if this is your first time knitting lace. Currently I am about 2 inches past where I put the sleeves on scrap yarn and began working the body. When looking at the sweater, I feel like I am so much further along than I really am. I know this because last night I decided to put the entire body on scrap yarn so I could try it on. Um, yeah, it doesn’t even clear my boobs yet! HA – I have SO much further to go. So, so much. I have at least 2 maybe 3 full inches (picture was taken about a week ago) to go until I can even think about shapping. Also, I am really glad I went with a size medium. You want this sweater to be fitted in order to see the lace pattern. That is after all the main focus of the sweater. I am happy I took the time to try this sweater on last night. Now I am feel confident that it will actually fit.