nakniswemo 2013

Based on the same premise as nanowrimo, nakniswemo (National Sweater Knitting Month) is the effort to knit a 50,000+ stitch sweater in the month of November.
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I’m going to make a $5 in Paris striped sweater for my daughter’s birthday. I’ve wound the yarn, swatched for gauge, printed the pattern, and set up a spreadsheet to track the number of stitches. I’ve never done this challenge before, so I’m looking forward to it!
$5 in Paris ready

Ready, set, go!

if at first …

… etc., etc. … then rip it out and start over again.

I lost track of how many times I started a baby kimono for a shower gift for a friend at work then ripped it out because I didn’t like it.  Finally, in a burst of common sense, I picked another pattern and different yarn and followed the pattern exactly (well, almost!).

The result?  This sweet little kimono:

sachiko baby kimono

  • Pattern: Baby Sachiko Kimono Sweater (Ravelry link)
  • Yarn: Classic Elite Yarns Sundance (mauve)
  • Contrast yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino

And matching hat:

baby flower hat

  • Pattern: Tiger Stamped hat (KnitPicks link)
  • Yarn: Classic Elite Yarns Sundance (mauve)
  • Contrast yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino
  • Flower is from Itty-Bitty Nursery (pacifier clip patterns)

Cute, practical (machine-washable), pretty, and very well-received by the mommy-to-be.  She went into labour this morning and I haven’t heard anything yet – good luck Mandy!

sachiko baby kimono and flower hatThe Classic Elite Sundance is delightful to knit with and let me just give a shout out for the Baby Cashmerino.  The kimono that wasn’t (the pattern prior to this one that got ripped out over and over) was started repeatedly in the Baby Cashmerino and it held up beautifully.  I’ll definitely use it for something else when I find the right pattern.