According to Ravelry, which honestly might just be the most accurate measure of crafty time than anything else I know, I have cast on, knit and FINISHED no fewer than 17 knitting projects since I first cast on for this one, not including about a hundred (more or less) bulky knit cowls for the holidays (because they only sort of count).
I don't know what to say about that. Except that sometimes that's just how it goes. It's no reflection on the pattern - I've loved knitting this sweater every inch of the way, and all that straight knitting for the body is perfect for all the many moments I knit with not my full attention on the needles. Nor is it a statement about the yarn - because next to my own yarn, Quince's Owl is one of my very favorites to knit with and definitely my favorite to wear (my Barn Sweater is also knit in owl, and I wear that for at least a few moments every day. Truly.).
The pattern is the Portland Pullover by Carrie Hoge, and it first appeared in Taproot's Issue 16::SHELTER. I stopped the collar just an inch or so shorter than called for, by accident, really, but I think I like it this way. At least I did on Summer Solstice when I tried it out on a visit to the lake. It wasn't a chill exactly sweater-worthy, but a project that's been with you for a solid year certainly deserves to be worn just as soon as it's done blocking. Summer or no.
I look forward to wearing this one a lot - I think it's going to get quite a lot of wear...in the fall.