When Ben and I starting dating almost three years ago one of the first things I did was borrow (okay, steal) my favorite sweater of his. I got away with it for a while - we were long distance for a while so I tended to wear it when he wasn't visiting, and after a year or so it somehow got "accidentally" shrunken in the wash... to just about my size ;-)
Well it turns out that it was his favorite, too. When he finally saw the sweater his response was, "Oh there's my favorite sweater! I've been looking for that for soo long!" And he was legitimately sad after realizing that it was now Cassie size. Of course I felt awful and horribly guilty. To this day he still makes a joking remark about my thievery every time I wear it, so one of my New Year's resolutions is to settle the score and knit him back his favorite sweater.
The project also has the added benefit of being a perfect first-timer's fair isle project, which also happens to be another one of my New Year's knitting resolutions. The motif is only two colors, and none of the floats are very long. So far I've charted the fair isle motifs and knit a swatch, and I have the feeling that I'm going to like fair isle VERY much. I don't know why I put off learning fair isle for so long - it is way faster and easier than I expected. And making fair isle charts is so much fun!
Now I just have to figure out how I'm going to construct it. The original sweater is knit in pieces with set in sleeves. I know that I'm going to knit the body in the round (because it'll be way easier to do the colorwork), but I haven't decided if I'm going to make it a raglan, circular yoke, or stick with the set in sleeves. I'm leaning towards sticking with set in sleeves because it's what I'm most comfortable with and I'll be designing the pattern myself, but I'm not 100% sure yet. I'm open to suggestions!
And what yarn to knit it with...?