You gotta know you are well and truly loved if anyone ever knits you a sweater.
(unless they are one of those super knitting machines who knit a sweater a month, then they're just showing off, or just need a reason to feed their addiction)
This pattern is from "knitting pure and simple" (http://knittingpureandsimple.com/) and knits from the top down. I traded a painting for the yarn which was a yummy shetland wool from Alice Starmore's old distributor.
It's pretty essential for me to have an alternative to the stranded nightmare of Donegal, where I can just go on automatic and enjoy the simple production of fabric while my mind wanders off on its own.