Category Archives: NaKniSweMo

Shifting Gears to Gifting.

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.

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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.

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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?!

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More to come…happy knitting!

Finished!!

Monica: I didn’t think I would do it but I managed to finish my NaKniSweMo project with one day left to spare.

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Lucky for me I had several days off work due to the Thanksgiving holiday so I could knit as much as I want. I wove in all the ends yesterday and texted a similarly awful picture to Lynette.

Stanley cup!!

I was still wearing my pajamas when I took the picture. Classy!

This sweater was easy to knit and the yarn I used, Wollmeise DK, had lovely stitch definition. I love how comfy this sweater is and versatile enough to dress up or down.

After I finish posting this sweater I’m going to finish up a hat and start on some baby sweaters.

Finished in Less than a Month

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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.
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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.
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Monica and Dee, how did you do?

 

Halfway there?

Lynette:
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.
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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.
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Gracie also asked for meatballs and spaghetti so we made these turkey meatballs.  No pics because they were that delicious!

It’s Day 5

Monica: and I still have not cast on for my NaKniSweMo. I am the worst participant ever. However I started a hat to match the sweater.

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(It really is a hat although it looks like a plate.)

Probably part of the reason why I am lacking in NaKniSweMo progress is because I spend a lot of time online. I spent a lot of time laughing at this and this. I am easily distracted.

Technically I’m In Too

Monica: NaKniSweMo –I just haven’t cast on. I’m trying to finish two projects — a baby sweater

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and a sweater for me. I will post a picture of that one when I have one. (Let’s hope I remember to post again.)

I wound the yarn on Saturday for my NaKniSweMo project.

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I plan on knitting Sous Sous. I really like these baggy sweaters because they are so comfortable to wear. Unfortunately they aren’t quick knits so let’s hope I get a lot of knitting done this month.

NaKniSweMo

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!

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