Waaaay back in January I signed up for a project in Ravelry called IntSweMoDo2010 – the International Sweater-a-Month Dodecathon. Yes, I am crazy, but the craziest part is I pulled it off! The rules were simple, 12 finished adult sized tops in 12 months – so a few vests or summer tops make the challenge a little more do-able.
January: Cambridge Cables February: A little something March: Trout River
April: Hyssop May: Vine Yoke June: Owls
July: ?? August: Catamount September: Subtle Stripe
October: Elisa Novemeber: Orange Pop December: White Clovers
You may notice that 5 of these were the sample sweaters for my own designs*. Designing requires knitting on a tight deadline and that fits in with knitting a sweater a month pretty well. Challenges like the sweater in two weeks issued by Kate Gilbert back in June helped everything along. I gave myself a few advantages: January’s sweater was half done by the 1st of that month and the Something Different top and Subtle Stripe vest were quick. But these were probably offset by knitting hyssop at 7 stitches to the inch and spinning my own yarn for Elisa.
I really enjoyed the challenge. It forced me to stay on task, but only once or twice did I worry about failing. It helps that I knit fast and I knit constantly. I still have a few sweaters in progress (this was supposed to be the year I finished my Autumn Rose fair isle, but that didn’t happen) and I have two sweaters I’m really excited about knitting for 2011 already! But at the same time, I’m looking forward to knitting some more accessories in the next 12 months.
*In fact, I can’t show you July’s sweater yet!