No, my reason for avoiding men's sweaters is simple...they take SO long. And the yarn is expensive. And then all that work, and what if it doesn't fit? Too risky!
But then this Thanksgiving, I came across the most marvelous knitting book, for only $.01! And I had to have it.
Second sign that this idea was brilliant was that I didn't have to buy any yarn! It turns out such elaborate color work could be easily accomplished from my endless stash. And I always have a few dozen skeins of worsted weight neutral colors around. I landed on a two-tone background of black and charcoal. I chose Emilie Luis's Marcel pattern for the cardigan.
On Dec 23, and bound off the last stitch and backed it. It was magnificent. I was both stunned by my color work skills, and ability to pull off such a project on the sly in 1 month. (Many thanks to my co-workers who turned a blind eye while I frantically knitted in my office) But the real test would be whether or not Dave actually liked the sweater. I think his face says it all...
Now I can not wait to knit more sweaters. Next Christmas, I might dress the entire family.