The gauge swatch in Silky Wool is growing slowly, mainly because there is no need for it to grow quickly. Already there have been lessons learned and ideas are starting to form. Silky Wool is heavenly to knit and should make a warm, yet light weight, sweater for cool weather wearing.
In the category cloud on the right side bar you'll find a new category, EPS 2008. Any post on this project will be housed there as reference, if need be. If you join in you're encouraged to leave a link in the comments of a post so we can follow your progress, too. The goal is to keep this simple for everyone, but still offer support and suggestions. The main thing is to enjoy the company of others while we knit. A Ravelry group, EZ EPS has been set up as a way to stay in touch, too.
I've enjoyed going through all the Elizabeth Zimmerman books, of which four have the pattern: Knitting Around, Knitting Workshop, The Opinionated Knitter, and Knitting Without Tears. The basic sweater is the same in each book, the only difference may be the yoke style. Meg Swansen, Elizabeth's daughter, also has two books, Handknitting with Meg Swansen and Meg Swansen's Knitting, and both offer versions of the EPS. Her yokes are different still, very creative, and would be fun to do now or later. (All books are available from Schoolhouse Press.)
The one thing you must do with this sweater, like it or not, is knit a swatch....a big swatch in the round to determine the best gauge for your yarn and the resulting sweater. If we follow the EPS rules carefully we should all end up with sweaters we'll wear and wear.
Perhaps it's a bit too early to decide, but visions of Scandinavian patterns dance in my head. So many patterns, so little room. A sketch pad will be close by as ideas bounce around and land. First there are miles of stockinette to get through before the yoke, but I remain a stockinette avenger and will enjoy this easy peasy knitting. Hmmm, maybe I should start some lace on New Year's Day, too.