I have thrown all of my good sense out the window and ignored the pleas of DH and DS not to attempt it (because they know I become irrational under stress), but I have joined the 2009 KAL on Ravelry to knit a sweater a month, formally called National Knit a Sweater in a Month Dodecathon, that starts on January 1. To tell the truth, I’ve been a bit disappointed by my FO output this year. My favorite project this year was the Bee Fields shawl, but the others weren’t as captivating, even though I have enjoyed my foray into sock knitting. I should have finished the Devonshire jacket and the Calvin Klein cardigan by now, but I haven’t.
The more I thought about the notion of knitting twelve sweaters, the more intrigued I got. “Think of all the stash yarn you’d use up,” I told myself. This is more important in 2009 than ever before because I discovered that Rhinebeck and Stitches East are just a week apart, and Stitches East is only in Hartford (a not very distant drive, or an extremely easy train ride away). How can I justify any major stash enhancements when there is so much unknit yarn? I also found myself without many pullovers, and it seems to be a no-brainer to crank some out. And I do think of myself as a sweater knitter more than anything else.
I reminded myself that I rarely knit a sweater in less than two months, and that is if everything moves along perfectly—which it almost never does. It would also mean that I’d be knitting wool in the summer, and that I would not be able to do any shawls. I could add some socks as portable projects, but I wouldn’t manage many pairs. But good sense did not win this argument, and I’ve listed many, but not all, of the possible sweater projects (most links are to posts where I already photographed the yarn):
1. Blue Reynolds yarn for a sweater in Knitter’s Arans and Celtics.
2. Vintage Jaeger Gaelic Spun yarn for a traditional pullover in cables and lace.
3. Gray Zara for Elsebeth Lavold’s Thora, also in Knitter’s Arans and Celtics.
4. Red Silk & Wool for the sweater in Knitter’s Stash.
5. Cherry Tree Hill Rustic Silk for the Norah Gaughan jacket from VK.
6. Green Mountain Spinnery Mountain Mohair in Raspberry for a self-designed sweater like Ed’s Sweater.
7. Alice Starmore’s Elizabeth I in Jo Sharp’s Alpaca Georgette in ecru.
8. Susan Duckworth's modified Deco sweater.
9. Philosopher’s Wool Fair Isle kit.
10. Self-designed Gansey sweater from Snow Star Farm yarn.
11. Self-designed sweater from purple Blue Faced Leicester yarn.
12. Self-designed sweater from Brooks Farm Primero
And if I finish the two WIPs they would count also.
I’ve not included a second batch of Primero, and one batch each of Acero and Solo Silk from Brooks Farm; another batch of Jo Sharp’s Alpaca Georgette in pearl gray; my Morehouse Family sweater; a sweater’s worth of Heilo in brick red; or my Tess Silk & Ivory—or any of my older Rowan kits. But this list is certainly a start.
I know that some of these sweaters are complicated, and there is a chance I couldn’t complete them in a month, and so I’m ok with the idea of my “personal best”. I think that left to my own devices, I’d only manage two or three sweaters, but in the KAL I could finish about seven.
So I'll be interleaving some serious swatching with the socks and washcloths I intend to finish in December.