Monthly Archives: November 2015

Success!!! #NaKniSweMo

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.

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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.

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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!


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.

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?

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


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.


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.

Progress and a New Book

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.
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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…

I’m In Too!

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.
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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!

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