The main color ball is definitely bigger than my head, which, as you can see, makes me smile.
(Those boots are my husband's - I put them on because they were by the door and I wasn't expecting my feet to be in the photograph, but it's kind of a great look, right?)
My plan is to knit a pullover with pockets. I've already learned (and modified) the Cowichan way of doing color work, and now I have to decide which color patterns I want to use. I plan to stick with geometric patterns because I like that look better than eagles and other animals. (Geometric patterns are also more traditional than the animal motifs. A lot of the patterns you see on sweaters are based on early weaving and basket motifs.)
I'm really excited to play with the construction, which is always seamless, and includes a very clever kind of shawl collar worked in garter stitch in two parts. The shoulders are joined using a three-needle-bind off, and I've seen many that were worked with the "seam" showing on the outside, a design touch I love. The sleeves can either be picked up from the armholes and worked down, or knit separately and then attached by crochet hook. I think I'll go top-down because I like the idea of just weaving in my ends and being done, and I like being able to adjust sleeve length as I go.
Because this yarn is so unique, and because this is such a big learning experience for me, the sweater I knit will be one-of-a-kind, and I don't plan to write a pattern for it. However, if I like the process and the end product enough, I may source a more available yarn and make a pattern inspired by this sweater. I'll also be documenting my progress here, so you can follow along and see how it goes for me.