After a good discussion with the ever-practical J-A last night, I did a rough sort of the projects into two categories: "easy to knit in public/socially" and "headbreakingly difficult".
Easy to knit in public/socially means:
- small enough to carry around comfortably
- able to talk to other people and knit without screwing up the pattern
- not so weird-looking that strangers on the subway will keep asking what the hell it is
- the project and/or amount of yarn needed to be on hand is too large to carry around comfortably in a garbage bag
- the knitter is slave to the pattern, needing to check the instructions several times per round/row
- the project has previously encouraged strangers on the subway to ask what the hell it is
I picked the double knitted jacket as the difficult project. It really is freaking difficult, and tedious, and heavy, and impossible to work on when there are other people around. I've tried in the past, and I always wind up ripping out what I did. On 420 stitches, that is no fun. Each row of that thing takes over half an hour.
This isn't going to be a series of daily "ta-da" moments. This is going to be more like watching a marathon or the Tour de France. Except, you know, knitting. Stay tuned...