in which there is a sweater challenge


Hey hey, look who got that Falkland off the bobbins and finished!

Sam and I have begun to see the barest beginnings of fall creeping around the edges- just hints, nothing definitive yet, but it’s happening, and we’re excited. Obviously, it’s happening- it’s nature, it’s inevitable- but it’s earlier than we’re used to, and we’re ridiculously pleased to have an excuse to pull out our comforter just a little too early, to snuggle on the couch and start looking for apple orchards, to change out the welcome wreath on the door, and to drag out our boxes of sweaters.

Speaking of sweaters: how have I NOT mentioned that I’m knitting a sweater for myself this fall? I AM KNITTING MYSELF A SWEATER THIS FALL. I keep meaning to do this, honestly- I earnestly set out each autumn with this intention, and have been falling down pretty consistently. I keep being pulled away from it by about a hundred other projects, mostly work- related, and that is a CHOICE. So over it. Helping me stay motivated is the Fall Sweater Challenge, being run by the Buffalo Wool Company. (Hey, Ron!) You can find more information over on the blog, and there are people congregating and talking about what they’re making over on the Facebook page and in the Ravelry group, too. (Disclaimer: Cooperative Press & Knit Edge have offered sponsorships, but nobody is getting paid doing this.)

I’m getting a little bit of a late start, but also kind of cheating: I’m knitting the Daelyn Pullover by Isabell Kraemer in Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Worsted. Sound familiar? It sure should! I was so inspired watching Stefanie Japel cast off her gorgeous, wheat- colored Daelyn at the Rhinebeck house last year (just in time to wear it to the show, because LIVING ON THE EDGE) that I cast on with some Sheridan Circle I’d been hoarding in my stash once we were back in Baltimore. This color, it just glows- I love it so hard, and I’m always torn as to whether I want to buy Sheridan Circle or Rock Creek Park when I’m in Karida’s shop/ booth (the decision comes down to the base). Anyway: super inspired post- Rhinebeck 2015, cast on for the neck, started moving back North, and you can imagine what happened next. I only just unpacked this project a few months ago.

But hey! I’ve got a terrific, 4 inch head start. That’s… not insignificant, I guess. And I’ve already balled up two of the four skeins, so that’s all set for alternating skeins (following my own advice for once, WINNING!!) and I even have the appropriate needles and notions already set aside. It’s like having a kit without spending any money, y’all. Put it all together and I am almost CRUSHING this before I ever really even get going.

Deadline to finish a sweater for this “knit/ crochet/ weave- a- long”, by the way, is the close of fall. Who wants in? I know there are folks here who are finishing larger pieces consistently- for themselves or others- as readers— this doesn’t have to be a sweater for you, I’m just making that my specific goal because I haven’t made anything for myself in a few years and you know, it’s about time. Anybody want to make a sweater with us? I’m going to try to squeeze in a hat or two along the way as I go (okay, a few pair of gloves, too, because the holidays are coming FAST, and maybe this ONE scarf) and I’m already feeling nosy about what everybody else is working on. So hey, what else is on your needles these days?


  One thought on “in which there is a sweater challenge

  1. September 12, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    I am stalled on the cast-off of that immense lace baby shawl I knitted all summer. And next I want to knit the baby a Christmas stocking. But yeah, I just bought five skeins of Traveller Sport from Jaimie and crew in a nice fall colorway with the idea of knitting a sweater (Vitamin D looks like it would be interesting in a variegated yarn).

    • September 22, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      See? You’re all set to cast on for a sweater, Tan! (I have a problem with sticking to a single project, too. There are so many, many unfinished socks in this house.)

  2. September 12, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    What I need to do is finish some WIP, Christmas gifts and a Mermaid blanket but what I’m doing is signing up for test knits. LOL!

    • September 22, 2016 at 5:47 pm

      You are ALWAYS signing up for test knits! Is there any way you can combine your holiday knitting with your test knitting?

  3. September 15, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    I’m still on the never ending hat kick with a few cowls tossed in for good measure. I do want to start some sort of big ass scrap shawl (don’t wear sweaters) in some of the odds, ends and pieces I have saved but I keep getting sidelined. Plus I think I’m going to do it in linen stitch and cast on along the long end for a wrap style which makes me feel faint just thinking about it but in my head it’s gorgeous so it has to be done.

    This week it is tomatoes. 25 pounds of them. More to be picked on Saturday. Pizza sauce, Beef Bolognese sauce, Tomato paste, Marinara and tonight we make Salsa which reminds me that I need more canning jars.

    Maybe once September is over or the first hard frost kills it all I’ll have time to knit again. Right now it’s all chopping, all the time. The hands only have so much juice in them to do things and food preservation is such short window. Spinning and Knitting returns in October.

  4. September 22, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    I miss canning! We haven’t set up shelves in the basement yet, and we didn’t do a big garden, so I’m only doing a little pickling this fall- some spicy pickled onions, and some pickled green tomatoes, because both are a bit hard to find in New England. The house smells terrible, but everything is so delicious.

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