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NaKniSweMo: Woot! Done! Kicked it!

I finished my Walnuss!


Washed, buttoned, ends in, done, fin! I even have 3 days to spare (24 days for an entire sweater).

Walnuss back

It was a bit dicey on Saturday afternoon when I was faced with the fact that I was not going to have enough yarn. I was a portrait of desperation and denial as I:

  1. Took out the scale and started weighing the remaining yarn every 3 rounds on the first sleeve
  2. Used my two swatches to knit the neck band and start the second sleeve
  3. Took the yarn off the cone and did more weighing and calculations to somehow change the laws of physics and turn 6 grams of yarn into two bracelet length sleeves (the yarn is heavy laceweight, not thread)
  4. Considered how likely it would be for me to find Colourmart Cashmere purchased so long ago I can't remember, on the internet or Ravelry
  5. Gave up, and decided that colourblocks on the sleeves would be nifty and rooted through the stash to find the right yarn.  (Note to self: I have a lot of brown fingering weight yarn).  Of course, none of it was suitable.
  6. Knit too much on the first sleeve and then knit the second sleeve off the first one.

So, short sleeves it was.  Nice for layering and kinda cute.  Hell, it's cashmere, I'm not complaining.

Walnuss done!

The Walnuss pattern is really nice.  It's a bit fiddly at the beginning, but I love the saddle shoulders, the all in one construction and the little details.  The shoulder pleats are very nice:


Walnuss detail

I am already considering making another one of these, with more yarn!  

Would I NaKniSweMo again? 

I'm not sure. The knitting monogamy started to wear me down, but I did like the how the dedication pays off in a new sweater.

This month I'm going to catch up on older projects (like my paintbox log cabin) and do some smaller things like hats and scarves, but I might do another sweater in a month in January with the Tosh Dk I have calling me from my stash.

NaKniSweMo 1/2 way status up date

I started late, so my 1/2 way post is late too!  I would blame all the knitting, except that there hasn't been so much of that.  I am making excellent progress but barring some sort of illness that allows me to be home, but lucid enough to knit 12 hours a day, I don't think I'm going to finish it.

I decided on Walnuss using my fingering weight cashmere.  It's knit at 5 sts to the inch so at least I had some sanity going when I chose the pattern.  The start was a bit challenging because it's a saddle shoulder construction (which I really love) and then there's a lot going on to get the armholes placed etc, but now I'm chugging along.  I'm patting myself on the back for choosing a pattern with an integrated button band.

NaKniSweMo in progress

I separated the armholes on the weekend and I'm about 10 cms into the body and onto the nifty waist pleats.  I've chosen not to do the waist decreases because they don't suit my shape.  

It fits!

Of course, in that photo, you might be distracted by my chest; trust me, I'm not very curvy.

While I plan to have this finished in 13 days, I would be satisfied to get to the sleeves by then.  I have been neglecting my other knitting--I have the border to finish on my log cabin blanket and Xander needs a headband to keep his ears warm under his bike helmet.  That's the peril of this whole sweater in a month thing, you're not allowed to be distracted by other pretty yarn.

Sunday, November 13, 2011: Running in Shorts

Tonight, after a long day of not going for my usual Sunday long-ish run, I decided to head out for a 5-6km run, just to say I did some exercise today.

Check the weather:

Note this is 2 hours after I checked.  It's 12-freakin'-Celcius outside.  In November.  In Canada!

I put on SHORTS and head out.  I'm too hot in my lightest long sleeved shirt by 1km.  

It is beautiful out.  The wind is rustling all the leaves on the ground.  The air is warm and just a bit crisp.  It smells like autumn--not a hint of winter.

By 6km, I decide I'll do 7.  

I stop and take in the skyline over Riverdale Park.  I love my city.

By 7km, I tell myself it's less than 20 more minutes to do 10km.

I run 10km.  Feel great.  Happy Fall.  I wish it would stay like this until Spring.

NaKniSweMo Gotta get started!

Tonight I start my NaKniSweMo sweater.  The goal: Knit a sweater in a month ~50,000 stitches.  (Stop laughing at me).




Why not.

What sweater?

Well, that is the question.  I was going to do Amused using my lovely Briar Rose Abundance yarn from a few Rhinebecks ago.  I started it last month, have knit about 20 rows and it would be a great sweater to work on this month.  But, I'm not feeling the love. Both the yarn and pattern are lovely, but not together.  So that's out for now.

What I really want is a sweater I can wear to work.  And that's a fingering weight cardigan.  I also have some light fingering weight Colourmart cashmere in my stash and really, it should be a sweater.  So I'm thinking Walnus (Ravelry link).  Nice shaping, simple and work appropriate.

And since it's an 800 metre sweater, that seems rather doable.  (Stop laughing at me).

I'm also tempted by the Carnaby skirt (I love skirts).  

(Photo from Knitty)

I have some brown tweed in the stash that would make a substantial skirt.  I don't think it will fulfill the 50k stitch goal, but I'm sure I can fill in with some other knitting.

Tonight I swatch for the cardi.  If it works, that'll be the sweater.   Hopefully I decide on something since the clock is ticking!  

Maybe I'll do both. (Stop laughing at me).