I think I finally have enough progress to show you my latest obsession:
The cables are from Viking Patterns for Knitting and I'm applying them to the edge of the Garter Stitch Jacket from Fleece Artist. I've worked through the design dilemma posed by the collar, by switching to a V-neck. I think everything will work out fine if my yarn holds out.
I just want to say that constructive criticism is welcomed! I inadvertently started a tempest in a teapot over at Mind of Winter with an unkind comment. Julia is a knitter and a spinner whom I have admired for some time and like two mature adults we have worked it out. But I understand why it is hard to give constructive criticism over the internet since you can't tell when someone is joking, or trying to be kindly. So this got me to thinking about constructive criticism.
Firstly, I don't think that criticism with out the constructive feedback is useful. I also admire The Knitting Curmugedon but I find more criticism and less that is constructive in what she has to say. On the other hand, it sometimes seems as though Marilyn is a lone voice in the wilderness when it comes to being critical of knit designs. Yes, there is You Knit What?, but those are easy marks, and besides, they've gone out of business.
Secondly, critical thinking is hard. Offering constructive feedback is harder still. Writing it clearly so that someone is not offended may be the hardest yet. So, please know that I welcome all efforts at constructive criticism and I will take them as being kindly meant. I tour many blogs and I comment on quite a few. If I leave a critical comment, please know that I am trying to be constructive, not destructive.
And now I'm done preaching my practice.