If you’ve missed this over the past several years we’ve been doing it (since I began it as an antidote to NaNoWriMo, at which I perennially failed), November first marks the beginning of NaKniSweMo — National Knit a Sweater Month!
Here’s the Ravelry group.
Use the Twitter hashtag #nakniswemo for related tweets.
1. You can pick your yarn and your pattern — you can wind your yarn into cakes, you can even swatch — but you can’t cast on until November first.
2. NaNoWriMo attempts to do a 50,000-word novel in a month. We do 50,000+ stitches. Most sweaters easily qualify.
3. What awaits you: fame, glory, prizes. Oh yes. Prizes. I’ll pony up some books and yarn and other goodies. If you want to encourage your fellow knitters by throwing a prize into the pot, post below in comments and we’ll put it up for grabs.
4. Sweater has to be finished by the end of the month.
That’s all. Game on, friends — let’s do this. Me, I’m doing a new, sorta-Rivulet-y jacket-y sweater in Cascade Eco Wool.
As you all know, NaKniSweMo 2 starts tomorrow! Are you ready? Is it time for a last-minute LYS run? We will ship my hand-dyed yarn overnight if you’re really desperate! I’m also planning a NaKniSweMo commemorative colorway you’ll be able to buy after you finish this sweater. Don’t worry: small skeins = smaller project for your cool-off recovery period.
Not sure what I’m talking about? Read this post for more info on NaKniSweMo, but the basics? Knit a 50,000-stitch sweater in a month. Cecilia reports that all of the patterns in Knitting with a Smile by Inger Fredholm state how many stitches they include, although I can’t think of too many non-superchunky sweaters that fall under 50,000 stitches.
Are you on Ravelry? Join the NaKniSweMo group!
If you’re especially proud of your progress or just like showing the rest of us up, send in a photo of your work in progress and I’ll post it here, too. Warm up those needles, knitters — it’s going to be an exciting month!