They probably shouldn't have let me walk out of the store unsupervised.
That scarf, which Dad insists on referring to as his "alpha scarf" is a minor miracle, in that I wandered back into that same LYS six months later and found another ball of the yarn (which turns out to be merino-- no wonder it felt good) from the same dye lot and finished the scarf... if by finished, it's understood that the scarf is about 14" wide and 30" long and Dad turns a funny color trying to wrap it around his neck-- which he does, regularly. It's the Alpha Scarf, after all.
(Note to self: knit Dad a scarf that isn't going to cut off the oxygen to his brain. Soon.)
Several scarves, hats, blankets, and one pair of ill-fated mittens later, I started with sweater knitting. My first adult sweater was Goodale, a lovely little pattern written for fingering weight yarn. What did I cast on in? Malabrigo Worsted. Hey, it was pretty, it was in my stash (although, there wasn't enough in my stash-- that project was the one that finally convinced me that dye lots are A Thing), and no one actually said anything along the lines of, "Why the hell do you think that will work?" Now, it might have worked, had I done any math or taken any measurements, or, you know, swatched. Instead, I knit, and knit, and knit, and in the end, I had a Goodale in Malabrigo Worsted that fit my 6' tall Hawaiian friend. I was aiming for a sweater for me-- 5'2" on a good day, and while I'm curvy, I'm no polynesian princess.
This calendar year, I set myself a goal of knitting four adult sweaters. I'm finishing up the third (I think I might actually make my revised deadline of the end of this month!) and swatching for the fourth. I've decided I want to use the MadelineTosh Tosh Merino that's been in my stash for awhile; it's a beautiful worsted weight singles, and while I don't generally love either singles (pretty, but pilly) or MadTosh (pretty, but there's something about the dye that she uses that makes me not like the texture) I'm committed to this sweater. And I'm committed to making it fit. My first sweater of the year mostly fits-- it's a little too short in both the body and the sleeve, and a little boxy. I think I want more negative ease and more length in the body, and a commitment to either three-quarter length sleeves or full-length sleeves, not a weird inbetween. My second sweater has both those things, and as an open cardigan mostly fits-- but I like to close my cardigans, so I need to measure and take into account the difference between my cross-back measurement and the corresponding front measurement.
So, I'm swatching away, and pattern hunting too. I need something relatively simple-- the colorway and nature of singles will swallow up most textural details-- and I've got about 1200 yards to play with.