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.
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.
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!