30 Day Sweater Challenge

Around Christmastime last year my dad asked me if I would be willing to make a sweater for my mom. He offered to buy me pretty much whatever yarn I wanted for it (within reason of course) and  we jumped on a Knit Picks sale and picked up a sweater’s quantity worth of Capretta, a DK weight merino/cashmere blend. Long story short, I knitted the back of the sweater WAY too long, it felt boring (totally stockinette) and it just wasn’t what I wanted to gift her. I am frogging the whole thing later this week, but I wanted a really fresh start for my mom’s sweater. 

Acorn Trail Cardigan, images Copyright Amy Herzog Desings

Acorn Trail Cardigan, images Copyright Amy Herzog Desings

She mentioned recently that she is going to Jackson Hole, Wyoming at the end of September. My wheels started turning and I decided (on a spur-of-the-moment, not paying attention to my schedule, forgetting how much I hate knitting on a deadline train of thought) that I would try to have a sweater finished for her trip. I had been eyeing the Acorn Cardigan by Amy Herzog, knowing it would be the perfect type of style for my mom. She loves all things fall, and finding a sweater design inspired by autumn in New England was just the right project for her. I visited The Loopy Ewe and picked up six skeins of Shepherd’s Wool from Stonehedge Fiber Mill in a gorgeous brown. It’s technically a heavy worsted, but I figure it will still be pretty easy to get guage for an aran weight, especially as I knit pretty loosely anyway. 

Shepherd's Wool Worsted in Brown

Shepherd’s Wool Worsted in Brown

Now I am challenging myself. She is leaving for her trip on September 25, leaving me 30 days from today to have this sweater finished and on its way. I have knit a sweater in a month before, but it is still going to be quite a challenge. I plan on documenting the entire thing, start to finish, on the blog so you can follow along. I guess I better get started, thanks for reading! Blessings!

What projects have you challenged yourself to knit in a set amount of time? Did you reach your goal? Please tell me all about it, and feel free to link to your own blog or Ravelry page!

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