Along with winding 17 skeins of yarn (I always bring my swift and cake winder when I visit my momma), Nick, Mona Lisa and I took to the snowy mountains and went for a winter hike before chowing down on Thanksgiving.
I’d never been snowshoeing before (I know, I can’t believe it either) but I absolutely want to go back! I love hiking, I love the snow (and so does Lisa, that dog is hilarious with the snow) and it’s a perfect match when you wear those oversized flipper things with the spikes on the bottom.
Excellent way to work up an appetite, get some exercise and enjoy this beautiful state we live in!
Oh, and get a laugh when the other person falls repeatedly and all you can do is snap pictures instead of offering a helping hand…
It’s another Wednesday, it seems like WIP Wednesday posts are the easiest ones for me to stay consistent with (and for that, I kind of apologize, if I were finishing things and making it interesting…well that might be better).
The NaKniSweMo sweater grows and this week I’ve got a finished body, a finished sleeve and the beginnings of the second sleeve to show you! So now all I need to do is finish the second sleeve and button band – sounds pretty close, doesn’t it? I don’t know that it’ll be done by the end of November but it’ll be done shortly thereafter at the very least. I’ve been eyeing my button collection too and I think I’ve got just the ones…
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the US and I’m traveling to southwestern Colorado to see my folks, spend some time in the mountains and play in the snow! I hope you’ve all got fun plans as well, holiday or otherwise.
What are you working on this week? How’s your NaKniSweMo project coming, if you’re working on one?
We’re half of the way through the month and I’m not a quite halfway through my sweater yet. Last week I got to the stitch counts for my sleeve divide but decided the yoke was too short to do this just yet and ripped back a few rows, re-worked some of the pattern and got back to it.
I divided for the sleeves and am trying to play catch up. This isn’t a super hard and fast goal for me, I just wanted it to be a bit of motivation to get this sweater into the world and so far, I think it’s working! I’m really enjoying watching this get knit up – the textures are just what I wanted and everything seems to be playing nicely so far.
How is your NaKniSweMo progress going? Any hiccups, left turns or change in pace for you?
I’m gearing up to release this hat pattern and I’m looking for a few testers!
This pattern will include instructions for two versions of the hat – one with lace and garter stripes all over (as shown here) and one with a single lace panel surrounded by garter over the rest of the body.
More details and sign-ups can be found in this thread in my Ravelry Group.
Kirsten, Teresa and I thought it would be fun to show you guys how we would each style the three sweaters in our latest collection!
Midnight Stroll by Holly Priestley
Although I actually do wear this sweater, styling it for this post was kind of hard! When I wear it, mostly I style it similar to how the photos are – jeans and a fitted top – but I wanted to go the extra mile for you all today ;)
A top with interesting back detail will show through the lace on the back of the sweater and I wanted to make sure to keep the lines clean with well-fitted top and skirt since the sweater itself has so much awesome drape. I wanted boots that make more of a statement and with scrunchy knee socks, this outfit is ready for cooler temperatures!
Carlee by Kirsten Singer
I’m a cardigan wearer. I love them. I layer them over everything and I don’t always think about whether or not it looks good. Luckily, the shape, color and details of Carlee are sophisticated enough on their own that I wouldn’t have to think too hard about the outfit as a whole! If I were trying to go that extra mile though, here’s what I’d wear it with to take it up a notch.
A flowy and sophisticated top underneath (sleeveless is a personal preference so the sleeves of the top don’t bunch up underneath the sweater sleeves), dark wash skinny jeans, slouchy and textured legwarmers and chunky grey boots.
Kat by Teresa Gregorio
I personally love the way Teresa styled the sweater in this outfit and I would certainly wear something similar. Just the other week I scored an awesome, dark denim jacket at a thrift store for a mere $6 and it’s been a perfect pairing with my other knitted sweaters. I think an A-line skirt that comes to the knees with some sort of colorful pattern paired with brown boots and a classic jean jacket would be the perfect fall look for Kat!
What is your favorite outfit? How would you style these sweaters?
I guess I’m doin’ it. I’m gonna participate in NaKniSweMo this year.
NaKniSweMo – National Knit a Sweater Month – happens every November and is something that most knitters know of. It began as the knitter’s version of NaNoWriMo – the more popular National Novel Writing Month and during November many knitters commit to creating a sweater with at least 50,000 stitches like the authors commit to writing at least 50,000 words.
This year I’m going to work up a sample of a new design I’ve had rolling around in my head for a few months using some old ooolllddd stash yarn that I’m pretty sure is wool but I never had the ball bands to find out. It’s going to be knit from the top down with raglan sleeves, colored and textured stripes and stitches will be picked up at the end for the collar and button band.
Are you joining in? What are you going to knit?
Within the past two weeks I’ve started two new projects and crunched numbers for a new sweater design. I wanted more color in my knits and the Boboli Lace from my FibreShare package jumped out at me from the beginning so, naturally, I picked it up and got to knitting!
This is a new cowl design and I’m loving the way the colors are working up in this yarn. I’ll be needing some test knitters for the pattern soon too, so keep your ears open for that call!
I’m also working on a white Lacy Slouch to be followed up with a black version and sent off to a new owner.
What are you working on this week?