I only knit and mostly make Aran sweaters. Occasionally I will make something with a picture pattern.
`some years ago I had some lovely shearling sheep (! year old) and when they were shorn I saved the fleeces and sent them away to be spun. In the bundle were two black fleeces, which are not actually black but a wonderful varieties of grey which I thought would be great for knitting.
When I got the sack of spun wool back it was all grey - they had mixed the black fleeces in with the white. The sack was about 3 feet wide and 6 feet in height and packed with skeins of the stuff.
It was ideal to knit Aran sweaters with as it still contained a lot of lanolin (great for your hands) but, by the time you have knitted eleven large sweaters of the same wool it get to grate on your nerves (at least it did mine!)
I gave it away, as back then there was no E-bay!
My mother is a fantastic knitter. As she is now 92 and has arthritis in her thumbs she cannot take the weight of larger sweaters so just knits the most fantastic baby layettes always with the most intricate patterns.