Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Let the Games Begin....

Some new projects are in the planning stages for me and my 2 knit compadres, Jenny Girl and Knitting Novice. Our first “made for me” sweaters!! I know, better late than never. Just because spring is on its way, doesn’t mean we can’t knit wool sweaters!

I don’t want to steal Jenny Girl’s thunder, so I’ll let her blog about her plans but I will say that Knitting Novice is planning “Wicked” as her first sweater and I think that it’s a great choice!! Be sure to stop by her blog over the next few weeks and check on her progress!!

I’ve made a few sweaters over the years for the kids, but never one for myself. I think because I don’t feel confident about my finishing skills I’ve avoided making a sweater for me. I felt less pressure putting a little sweater together, knowing if it didn’t turn out all that great, oh well, they were only going to roll around in it and it’d be outgrown soon enough anyway. On the other hand, for myself, I wanted to be sure that I was happy with the final product and the fit. But finally, this year, in the spirit of fearless knitting, I’m ready to tackle my first grown up sweater for me!!

Since tonight is “knit night” with some of the knitters from the Bucks County Guild, at Just a Knitting Basket in Huntingdon Valley, I decided to pick out my yarn. After much debate (and touching), I chose Ella Rae Classic, a very basic, reasonably priced worsted wool, in a pretty silvery, sage green. It feels nice!

Now to decide on the pattern. I have 3 potential directions I could go in. I originally thought that the EPS sweater, a la Elizabeth Zimmerman, would be my first sweater project. But I do like the idea of being able to take a top down off the needles and try it on as you go along. So I'm also considering “Something Red” by Wendy Bernard over at Knit and Tonic or one of the Knitting Pure and Simple patterns.

As you can see, I started swatching tonight. So, in the next few weeks my plan is for my sweater to be my mindless (can you say stockinette in the round), long term project for knit night Wednesdays.

Happy Knitting!


  1. Looking good Suzy! I'm hoping to swatch and get moving this weekend.
    Beautiful colors!

    Hey Jenny Girl,
    Can't wait to hear about your project! I didn't know that you joined the sweater brigade. Is this your first too?

  2. Once you decide on a pattern (all of the choices are great, btw), I hope this project goes great for you.

  3. Your first sweater is a big deal! Sounds like you've put a lot of good thought into it.

    Do you listen to the Stash and Burn podcast, by any chance? They were talking about their first sweaters on a recent episode, and it might be fun for you to hear.