NaKniSweMo – Intro

During the month of November, we’ll be continuing our discussion posts with a new topic: NaKniSweMo.

Every week, we’ll choose a new, sweater-related topic and give you our three hot takes. This week? Participation. Are we? Are we not? Why?

From the Ravelry group:

How it works with NaKniSweMo: knit a 50,000-stitch sweater in a month. Just about any full size sweater will meet this criteria! If you divide your chosen sweater pattern’s rows or rounds by 30, you’ll have an idea of how many rows you need to knit each day to make it. Yes, the stitch count thing is crazy, but I think I can say with confidence that most sweaters out there are at least that, or more.


My progress on the sweater so far

I love how all three colors are introduced right at the beginning.

Give me a deadline for a knitting project and you almost guarantee that I won’t finish by that deadline.  As such, I won’t be formally participating an NaKniSweMo, but I am in the early stages of a new sweater for myself, which I also of course didn’t wait until 11/1 to start.  I am knitting an Afmæli sweater for myself out of the Léttlopi Glenn bought for me on his trip to Iceland last month.  This is probably my first time ever using the recommended yarn for a project.

I haven’t added the yarn with colorways to my stash or my project page yet, but you can see all three colors I am using in this picture from the other day, to the right.  I am hopeful that I will finish this before the end of November because I think it is going to be a very warm layer, perfect for Michigan winter.


No, absolutely not. I mean yes, but…only sort of, in spirit. I mean, I will knit a sweater but I can’t possibly be bothered to calculate how many stitches are in it and the idea of knowing how many stitches I have to go before finishing a sweater gives me a weird, sick feeling in my stomach.

I, too, am in the early stages of a new sweater that I didn’t wait to start:


I did Nanowrimo multiple years during and after college. It was a lot of fun, but the “novels” I produced were basically full of garbage. I was not one for backstory, or non-rambling-story-story. Realized I could put that effort elsewhere for the month and stopped a few years ago. But what if I could put the same idea (fifty thousand somethings) to use in a way that would give me something I liked in the end?

With NaKniSweMo, it’s 50k stitches, and a sweater. I will be casting on (and hopefully, off) Ranger in November. I’ll be using Knitted Wit Superwash Worsted in a lovely blue tealy color. Mike picked it out himself during Yarn Train 2016 😀

I haven’t done the maths on how many stitches it’ll be yet, but I’ll try to do so sometime during the month. Mike will appreciate the math.

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