Before I even finished Estelle, I had cast on a sweater for my mother-in-law for Christmas. In my weightloss, I shrank out of most of the sweaters I had knit for myself, and passed them on to my mom. It just wasn't fair for my mother-in-law. So I brought over a stack of patterns and she picked out the Berry and Bramble cardigan from Fall 2009's Interweave Knits. Let me tell you, that thing was a beast. I didn't have much of any bobble experience before this pattern, so I didn't realize knitting an entire sweater in a bobble pattern would take for freaking ever. It was just a slog. What kept me plugging away was the knowledge that I could knit a dozen of these for my MIL and that would only measure up to a fraction of all she's done for me, let alone for Brian and I as a couple. My MIL ROCKS.
|Still needs a single-button closure sewn on.|
I have participated in National Knit a Sweater Month (aka NaKniSweMo) for a couple of years now, and thought it would be the perfect way to wrap up my year of sweaters. I had originally picked the Zick Zack tunic from my queue, because I was desperate to use the Bittersweet Woolery lace yarn I bought from Tina on our Rhinebeck trip. Unfortunately, my practical side won out and I realized knitting a knee-length laceweight sweater the month before xmas might make me homicidal. I picked the Greenfield cardigan instead. It's coming along nicely, especially now that my MIL's sweater is done. About 6 rows from dividing the sleeves from the body:
I'm even being a "good" knitter and alternating skeins. The yarn is a handpainted merino/mohair blend from Decadent Fibers, purchased at Rhinebeck. This will be my final sweater of the 2011 challenge, and I admit I'm already plotting my scheme for 2012!
In between all these sweaters, I've managed to hammer out a few smaller xmas gifts for family as well. These lucky recipients are also blog readers/fb friends so no pictures here!
I did get a picture of 2011 Sweater #7, the Falling Stars steeked cardigan that my awesome MIL got me as a kit for xmas last year:
Hooray for sweaters!