Anything that gets you giggling before 7am is good right?!
Remember NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month? People sign up to write a 50,000 word novel in a month.
Well, as featured on a recent Stash and Burn episode, knitgrrl has come up with NaNoSweMo, National Sweater Knitting Month. Only, as someone in the comments points out, it really should be "NaNeSweMo" because otherwise the current abbreviations make it National Novel Sweater Month.
National Novel Sweater Month!
Ok, maybe that's the kind of thing that is only funny before 7am ...
Anyway, I have decided to take the plunge and knit the asymmetrical wrap. I just ordered the yarn! According to my calculations, this sweater only has about 35,000 stitches so it doesn't really qualify for NaNoSweMo which is for 50,000 stitches. But still, if I were to knit it in a month, it would be a little over 1,000 stitches a day, at 78 stitches a row, that's about 15 rows a day... piece of cake, right?! I have no idea how many stitches per hour or whatever I knit. I've never really paced myself out like this. I'm not going to be that strict about it anyway. I would like to finish it and wear it around the holidays.
In the end I went with the exact yarn and color from the pattern (Classic Elite Montera in 3876 Pacha Mama). I'm not yet confident enough in yarn substituting to make changes for large projects, and although I thought about going with a different color (the yarn comes in many many pretty colors) I decided that brown would mean it could be an evening as well as day piece, and I convinced myself by telling myself I was going with the "designer's vision." ("The collection features a palette of earthy browns, grays and black; in his hands, the colors feel versatile, not restrictive.") Plus, I love brown.
In the meantime, I've read over the pattern and it looks pretty straightforward - basically you knit a giant scarf and add arms. Yet the magazine has given it the most difficult rating.... I imagine this is because of the finishing, and granted I really have no idea how the "crocheted vertical lines" are done, but I'm hoping I'll be able to figure that out through the power of google and some swatching. We will see...