I started this sweater with a few very specific goals.
First, to knit from stash. I had a huge tub of miscellaneous Cascade 220, assembled as I was trying to sort out colours for Mr. needles vest. A whole huge tub full and not a single plan for any of it. I don't like that feeling, that yarn that really doesn't have a plan feeling. I wanted the sweater to be only from stash, and I accomplished that, thanks to a reclaimed project but I accomplished that.
Second, I wanted to knit something from the books and magasines I have in my library. Mission acomplished. The Icelandic Overblouse is from Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knit One Knit All.
I wanted something I didn't have to think a lot about. Garter stitch, anyone?
I wanted something causal, just for home. Something that I could throw on in the early mornings to take the chill off. Something I could put on over other sweaters and shirts and jammies, that I could answer the door in if I had to. I got that.
Its casual and just this side of sloppy large. It could have been knit a inch or two smaller and it still would have been fine. It looks great, much better than I hoped for and it is comfortable. Every other sweater that I knit was for work, or for when I was out, but this one? This is a just for me snuggley sweater. It is the return of the 80's but in this case I might be ahead of a fashion trend rather than way behind. It is the sweatshirt of sweaters. It is the macaroni and cheese of sweaters. It is the cats meow.
And I love it already.