Have you heard of NaKniSweMo? When I was in college, the other English majors all went crazy for NaNoWriMo (I've never wanted to commit to more than a blog so a novel was way out of my comfort zone) but I just recently heard about National Knit a Sweater Month and of course have to participate. I love sweaters, knitting and challenges. It's perfect!
I can't start knitting until November 1, so I took some time today to gather my supplies and make sure I have everything. I'm using SweetGeorgia Superwash Worsted in Slate which I bought last year at Eat Sleep Knit. It's amazing how much your stash goes down when you take out seven skeins for a sweater!
I did my gauge swatch today, which I really can't recommend enough. I know people balk at swatches, but what's worse: knitting a small rectangle for an hour or spending the month of November knitting a sweater only to find out it won't fit? It's just practical. If you've never knit a gauge swatch before, this tutorial from Tin Can Knits is the one I used when I knit my first sweater. I'm using a Tin Can Knits' pattern for NaKniSweMo, Harvest from their Simple Collection.
This should be a great sweater and I'm looking forward to how versatile it'll be when it's finished. Gray! Stockinette! Cardigan! Everything I love! I'll be updating on my progress every Thursday, and you can follow my progress on Ravelry. I want to see what sweaters you knit too!