Dee: After my month long knit-a-thon for NaKniSweMo, which I totally plan to participate in next year, I’ve started in with crafting Christmas gifts. Well, I did switch out the bear buttons on my sweater first for ones that had Nordic design and just look better overall.
So, then I got to business and tried my hand at some crochet…not my strong suit…at all. I wanted a sunny side up egg cotton washcloth to gift with a bar of bacon soap that I found at a craft show. I had to watch an online video frame by frame to learn how to crochet a flat circle. After that I had to adapt my stitches to keep the thing flat and a bit free form to mimic the egg. It turned out pretty well and made me smile so all’s good.
Next I got to work on some wooden sheep ornaments. I placed a custom order back in July with a guy on Etsy and then added my own felt ears before wrapping them up in colorful fleece. I have an entire flock to outfit however they need to have their ears added first. Cute huh?!
More to come…happy knitting!
Dee: I did it! From start to finish I knit an entire sweater in a single month! On November 1st, I cast on and I finished the button band on November 22nd. I owe a big THANK YOU to whomever started the NaKniSweMo challenge. I found it completely inspiring and I now have a beautiful and warm sweater to carry me through the cold winter weather.
Knitting with the Peace Fleece was a joy except for a few knots within the skein. Once I smoothed those over and I knit away happily. The great thing about knitting with woolens is that there are not so many ends to weave in. Those who know me understand that I rarely weave in my ends when I knit multicolored stranded hats. All those multiple color changes….please! Wool doesn’t really worm it’s way out so I trim up the inside and forget about it. It should be noted that I did weave in my sweater ends though.
What I enjoyed about this knit was that I had all of the ingredients on hand right down to the buttons. I highly recommend Knitting Pure and Simple patterns for a challenge like this as it just kept the process moving so smoothly.
I also finished my Noro Veil Stitch Cowl this month. It was my take along project with no end date in mind. I just knit on it when I was left waiting for appointments, oil changes, lunch times, etc.
So what’s next? Lots of hats, that’s for sure and a little surprise I’ll show you later. Until that time…Happy Knitting y’all!
Pattern: Antrorse by Shannon Cook
Yarn: Cascade Aran
Needle: KP Size 10s
Lynette: Yay! I finished knitting my sweater for Nakniswemo on Ravelry in 22 days. I love this sweater so much that I’ll be casting on another sweater in the near future using stash yarn. I actually counted my stitches during the the 22 days it took me to knit this, and I tallied 66,111 total stitches.
I thought silver buttons would look great with this sweater and ordered these.
Unfortunately, they were too small. Too bad I didn’t actually measure before I ordered and only looked at the zoomed in pic. I’ll just use them on another project. I then decided to pick some buttons from my large button stash and ended up using the dark wooden buttons on the lower-left. I bought the buttoms from Etsy seller, SuppliesSundries. She has a great selection.
Monica and Dee, how did you do?
This was a great weekend for knitting. I just finished on-call and was basically too tired to leave the house on Saturday. It was Day 7 and I knit a total of 3,360. Yesterday, I knit over 10K, and here’s my progress.
I’m knitting my sweater with positive ease (a first for me), and I truly hope I calculated correctly. I measured and it’s about 20″ almost time for the garter trim. If I estimated accurately, I will be finished with the body by the end of the week. Crossing fingers.
My other activity on Saturday was baking old-fashioned biscuits with my Gracie. I am channeling my mom’s cooking vibes really heavy these days. Anyway, Gracie and I were a tad bit excited with the rolling, and our biscuits were flat. Still delicious though.
Gracie also asked for meatballs and spaghetti so we made these turkey meatballs. No pics because they were that delicious!
Lynette: I cast on for my sweater last night and managed to knit 4,620 stitches. The yarn is so squishy and soft and I LOVE knitting garter stitch. I haven’t yet began knitting tonight, but hopefully I can crank out just as many stitches as last night.
On a separate note, mail came today. I ordered Mini Skein Knits last week.
I saw this cute sweater pattern on Ravelry called A Mermaid Darkly. Once I complete my Nakniswemo sweater, I’ll be casting on for it.
Well, it’s time to work on my project. Stay tuned…
Lynette: I saw Dee’s Facebook post a few days ago about NaKniSweMo and decided to cast (on) myself in the ring. I joined a few years ago attempting to knit Beatnik, which ended in two knitted sleeves only. This year, I will try very hard to knit to completion. My project is Antrorse, and I was inspired by Susan B. Anderson’s knitting progress. I follow her on Instagram and FB (I’m a social media stalker). The sweater is simple enough with just enough detail to make it interesting and gorgeous.
I made a quick trip to The Knitche yesterday to pick out yarn. Ann was very helpful in helping me select my final choice.
I’ve printed my pattern, filled in the appropriated stitch counts and I’m ready to cast on.
Wish me luck as I’m ready to cast on. I promise to post progress pics, and hopefully a finished sweater by the end of November.
Dee: Sometimes when I have a moment to myself, I discover wondrous things. I’ve just discovered NaKniSweMo (National Knit a Sweater Month). So along with No Shave November, and NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) there is now a November challenge that I can enjoy! Anyone with me? It’s only 50,000 stitches. Please wish me luck as I turn this pile of Peace Fleece into the lovely Neckdown Cardigan by Diane Soucy. I’m knitting it big to wrap myself up in to keep me warm this winter. I also just really wanted an “outside” sweater. Let’s be honest, Peace Fleece is not known as a next to your skin yarn so this has got to be outerwear. I’m so happy I have this extra hour today to figure out which needle size I need to use. Happy knitting!
Pattern: Chunky Cardigan by S. Cole
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Ecological Wool
Needle: KP Harmony Size 10s
Lynette: I have found my new go-to cardigan. I love it! I started it sometime last fall as a KAL with my friend, Pam. She finished hers way before me, and hers looked great. I couldn’t wait to finish mine too. I took my cardigan to the knitting retreat this past January and made a lot of progress. I called it my origami cardigan because of the construction.
As I neared the bind-off, I knew I wanted my cardigan to stand out and look unique. I asked Pam if I could have her leftover yarn from her cardigan and used it for the hem of my sleeves and bottom of the cardi. This made me love it even more.
The collar was both arduous and simple. I cast on in green and had to knit 85″ of ribbing then attach it to the sweater using the mattress stitch. Pam suggested that I not knit the entire length of the ribbing because her collar hung much lower than the actual sweater. What I did was to knit about 79″ then began to seam the collar to the sweater. As I neared, the bottom, I continued to knit and seam so that it matched perfectly. Finally, I bound off the ribbing collar with the green to match the strip along the back seam.
While knitting the collar, I was visiting my mom in the hospital and she thought I was knitting scarf to match. When the cardi was finally finished, I wore it out and showed my mom what she believed was a scarf. She thought it was amazing how you knit up pieces then it becomes one unit. I’m still trying to get her to knit. 😉
Since my cardi has been finished, I’ve been wearing it almost everywhere. Now that spring weather is really here (some days), it’s almost too warm to wear it.
Do you have a favorite knitted go-to sweater you love to wear?
Lynette: I commented on Dee’s post yesterday about the upcoming Ravellenics and what project I may be knitting. Originally, I had decided I wanted to tackle a sweater during the two weeks. And it’s totally doable except I already have three (3) sweaters on the needles. I could join the the Ravellenics WIPS Dancing event and finish up an existing sweater. However, I’ve decided to knit about 8-10 cowls instead. That’s another blog post entirely.
Back to my sweaters that have been patiently waiting in line to be completed since late last fall.
First up is Beatnik. This was originally going to be my 2013 “I’m not going to Rhinebeck” sweater, but I opted to start and finished Levenwick (project page link) instead. Funny, how my mind/hands work.
Pattern: Levenwick by Gundrun Johnston
Yarn: Queensland Kathmandu DK
For the Beatnik sweater, I got frustrated with not being able to see the stitches since the yarn is so dark. I eventually bought an Ott Light and knitting will commence soon.
Next up is the Chunky Cardigan. I started this KAL with my friend, Pam. I wanted an oversized cardigan I could snuggle in. I took a break to work on a gift for my son who is in the Navy (another post). I decided I’m taking this as my knitting project during next weekend’s knitting retreat. My equation: Big needles + big yarn + 2 days of knitting = LOTS OF PROGRESS.
Lastly, I’m currently working on the Backbone sweater. I love the vintage look of it…the collar and sleeves, and of course, the backbone cabling down the back. I just separated the sleeves so I’m hoping it’ll basically knit itself the rest of the way.
Here’s hoping my next post will be a finished sweater project. Happy knitting and stay warm!
Pattern: Brynna by Chic Knits
Yarn: Tahki Cotton Classic in Linen
Monica: I really wanted to knit Bonne Marie’s latest lace cardigan because I knew it would be perfect for air-conditioned indoors and cool summer mornings. Of course it meant I had to work on this sweater as much as possible so I could wear it this summer. I started it during Memorial Day weekend but had to rip what I had completed because I knit the wrong size and didn’t have enough yarn to finish it. So I started over and made a smaller size figuring that I wouldn’t wear it buttoned anyway. Although it looks really cute buttoned up.
The construction of the sweater is pretty neat – you knit one half of the sweater sideways and then make an armhole using 3-needle bind-off of some stitches. This allows the sweater to be seamless. Then you knit the sleeves in the round– the pattern has an option to make the sleeves and body of the sweater longer but I only had enough yarn for the short-sleeved version. I like it better than the longer-sleeved version.
That is all the yarn I had left from this project. I love this sweater very much and have been wearing it often.