First Quarter Challenge/KAL and a CONTEST!

DSC03359I can’t make up my mind. I have had this KAL Challenge planned out since last fall, and I still haven’t come to a decision on my pattern. I have scoured Ravelry. I have gone through pattern books. I have asked for favorites on The Loopy Ewe group on Facebook. And still … I’m undecided. Our First Quarter KAL Challenge is to knit a sweater. We haven’t had a sweater challenge since we did the Dream in Color Classy one about two years ago. It’s time, again! I have had my yarn picked out for a month. I’m using String Theory DK in Black Cherry.Β  I do love Lisa’s Central Park Hoodie and Melanie’s Chinese Lace Pullover. Both of those caught my eye way back then, and the photos still make me want to knit them. Of course I have queued quite a few more in the meantime. I think the thing with sweaters is that in my mind, they are a much bigger time commitment than a pair of socks. I never stress over sock patterns, because I’ll finish one and start in on another. For some reason, committing to a sweater pattern makes me feel like I can only pick one a year and it makes me indecisive. FPS. For the DC challenge, I knit up a Mr. Greenjeans and I love that sweater. It was very do-able for an inexperienced sweater knitter. So – pick a sweater pattern and come knit with us! Since this is a bit of a longer knit, we’ll leave this open until May 1st. (We will, however, have a new challenge go up in April to coincide with the beginning of the Second Quarter. They’ll just have to overlap a bit.)

DSC03360We need you to vote on all of the entries from our Fourth Quarter ’09 Challenge, where I asked you to knit a shawl. There are over 100 photos in that gallery for you to look through – wow. You all did such beautiful work. Please take a look at the photos and email to tell us your vote for the “Reader’s Choice” award. We give a Loopy gift certificate to the winner of that, and we also do a random drawing among all entries for a second gift certificate. We’ll take your votes (support AT theloopyewe DOT com) through next Monday and then will announce the winners.

DSC03363Back to the new challenge – in order to participate, pick any sweater pattern (or vest, or tunic) that you’d like to make. The yarn needs to be a line that we carry here at The Loopy Ewe (although if you actually bought that yarn elsewhere, that’s ok. I know many of you have stashes to work from.) If you do need to purchase yarn for this KAL, we are offering you a 20% discount on the yarn for one sweater project. Just leave us an order note that you’re participating in the KAL Challenge and tell us which yarn in that order you’ll be using for it, and we’ll adjust the price on your invoice. (Note – if you are going for the $75 free shipping level, make sure that this discount won’t put you below $75.) This offer is good on an order placed between 1/18 – 1/31, for those of you who want to participate in the KAL. Don’t forget to leave an order note for us.

Just in time for sweater knitting, we put up a full re-stock on Dream in Color Classy. We also have Malabrigo Worsted, Noro Silk Garden Worsted, Cascade 220, Fiesta Boomerang, Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted, and Madelinetosh Worsted in stock. (We do have more Madelinetosh Worsted shipping out to us next week, but I’m not sure it will be here in time for the discount. No promises, but we’ll do our best. In the meantime, we also have a new Tosh Sock order enroute to us already, and the new Pashmina base coming after that. Fun things to look forward to.) And of course there are lots and lots of DK and fingering weight options for your sweaters as well. There are some really fun sweater patterns in those weights.

In addition to the DC Classy re-stock today, we also added in a re-stock of Dream in Color Smooshy, Lane Borgosesia Cashwool, new Trekking colors (#417-421), a luscious new merino/alpaca/nylon sock yarn from Berroco, new Berroco Sox colors, Lorna’s Laces Pearl, Alpaca With a Twist Fino, and more Atenti bags. (And might I point out, those Atenti bags are perfect for carting around sweater projects. Ask me how I know. Isn’t it helpful that I sprinkled a few photos of them in this blog post?) Also coming soon – our 2010 Valentine Kits – watch for them in a couple of weeks!

DSC03367Knitting Daughter went back to college today, so the holiday season is officially over. (I like that it lasted a long time.) Zoe came to Loopy with me this afternoon, but she’s not very helpful. She likes to be in front of the computer screen while I’m trying to work. Or maybe she just misses these two kids like I do.

Our January Blog Contest question: Do you have a favorite sweater/vest/tunic pattern? Or are you not a sweater knitter? I’ll use the random number generator to draw a winner from your comments, and I have Wollmeise to give away for the prizes! We’ll announce the winners next Monday.

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  1. I love the Wallaby. It’s great for kids, but I really want one for myself…but since your post I’ve been reading about the Central Park Hoodie and I definitely see one of those in my future!

  2. I have yet to knit an adult sweater. I’ve wanted to for awhile but am always too worried that after all the time and money spent it won’t fit right or look good. I really like the Central Park Hoodie pattern you posted so maybe it’s time for me to just dive in and do it!!

  3. I’ve never knit a sweater but am hoping to attempt one this year…still in search of the perfect pattern though! πŸ™‚

  4. I have yet to knit a sweater, but my knitting class is going to start a baby sweater in the next few weeks. I am very excited!!

  5. I’ve only made one adult-sized sweater. When I was learning how to knit, I made a sweater for myself, but that was ages ago and I must’ve been around 10 at the time. Right now I have the yarn for Eunny Jang’s Autumn Rose pullover, but I’m a little intimidated by it. In addition to the colorwork, I want to lengthen the sleeves and give it a v-neck. I have my eye on Anne Hanson’s sprossling, it would be awesome if she releases it in time for me to use it in the challenge.

  6. I try to knit sweaters, but I just can’t seem to finish them. I’m almost half done with a vest, but I don’t see myself picking it back up anytime soon. I think I’m afraid of the “growth” factor, ease, will it fit right, will it be long enough,etc. I like making small things like socks and accessories much better.

  7. I’ve never knit a sweater before. I think this challenge is a good excuse to try and to buy more yarn! The Mr. Greenjeans pattern looks easy so I might try that one.

  8. I think SOCKS take too long, so I prefer sweaters!! I think I will be knitting Ysolda’s Vivian (in blue graphite malabrigo, yes stashed but ordered from you–or should I say ewe–lovely people recently). go sweaters! (and yes, dearly hoping to win that wollmeise. how else does one get any besides the luck of the draw??

  9. my re-introduction to knitting a few years ago was knitting a sweater. It was okay – but I find that I am more fond of quick projects. Thus many, many (MANY) dish cloths, socks and pairs of mittens have been my go to projects since then.

    Maybe a sweater is in my future – sometime – but, likely not. I do appreciate seeing others’ works of art and love, though. πŸ˜‰

  10. I’ve never made an adult sized sweater, but I’ve been THINKING about one and debating for ages. My current fav is Laura Chau’s Monday Morning Cardigan, with the added bonus that 1/2 the purchase price goes to help-for-haiti right now. I think you’ve pushed me over the edge with that discount though – love me some discount dream-in-color!!

  11. I have two sweaters in progress, but I have had a hard time finishing them. So many other things that I want to do and I lose the love for them, poor things…lol. Maybe if I had a deadline?

  12. The only sweater that I have made recently is the 5 hour sweater for a baby shower which took me longer than 5 hours to make. Years ago I made 3 one skein cardigans and a baby sweater. My favorite pattern is the one skein cardigan from Coat’s and Clark or any pullover that is knit in one piece from the neck down.

  13. I love looking at sweater patterns, but have never followed one. I make my own designs, usually incorporating features from several patterns that I’ve seen and liked. I try not to do the same sweater twice, except for plain stockinette pullovers where the yarn is the star and the pattern is secondary.

  14. Two favorites that I love are Nora Gaughan’s Tilted Duster and Schaefers Sandra Kimono Jacket. The Kimono is simply styled yet quick to knit with textural interest with a seed stitch border and alternating blocks of stockinette and garter. It only took 2 weeks of evenings to complete it. It’s in a worsted weight (I used Schaefer Marjaana from stash) I’m wanting to start Dolce Handknits Tribeca in Madelaine Tosh worsted in Fjord colorway so I might join the KAL just to keep on track with it!

  15. I’ve been avoiding purchasing new sweaters for a couple of years now, with the idea in mind that one should be able to knit one’s own sweaters. Looking into the “First Sweater” class at a local yarn shop (a knitted peace) in the Denver Metro area… a top-down raglan sweater that looks like something I would really like to wear! If I really get serious and sign up for the class – this will be my first knitted sweater.

  16. I love making sweaters for my dd and have another on the way so maybe i’ll be able to make all the toddler sweaters in my favs on ravelry before they grow up….?! πŸ™‚

  17. I’d like to make either the Sweetheart Tunic or the Susie Hoodie in More Big Girl Knits. Oh and the February Lady Sweater…Like Sammy mentioned above, it’s also been on my list to do too. πŸ™‚

  18. Haven’t made a sweater yet…but the February Lady Sweater, Vine Bolero, Rosalind (with minor changes), Hey Teach and Coraline are a few of my favs. All are definitely in my queue.

  19. I have made three sweaters so far and have one on the needles (February Lady Sweater). I like them all, so don’t have a favorite. And I have lots of patterns of pullovers, cardigans and vests in my queue.

  20. I have made three sweaters so far and have one on the needles (February Lady Sweater). I like them all, so don’t have a favorite. And I have lots of patterns of pullovers, cardigans and vests in my queue. A few are Featherweight Cardigan, Shalom, Wallis Cardigan, Wicked, Big Cables and Big Ones Too (love that name!), Honeycomb and Boogie Vest.

  21. My favorite sweater pattern is Liesl by Ysolda. Sooooooo quick and easy, it feels like cheating, and the result is well-fitting and flattering. I’ve knit three of these with different vatiations!

  22. Lots of the sweaters I have made are by the seat of my pants, no written pattern. But the yarn is what thrills me, texture and color.

  23. I love the Tulip sweater pattern by Lindsay Pekny. You can make it work with almost any yarn and playing with the colors is sooooo much fun!

  24. Last time I made a sweater was over 30 years ago and it looked like it would fit a gorilla when it was done. I’m going to try a February Lady this month and maybe it will be done before the end of February. I knit for the process of knitting – it relaxes me and clears my head so it doesn’t matter what I’m knitting.

  25. I just finished my very first sweater. It is made with a Ridge Stitch (from a stitch pattern book). I loved the process. I think the next one I’m gonna do Is Knitting Pure & Simple #202 (Women’s Side to Side Cardigan).

  26. I’ve only made baby sweaters. They are so cute and quick to knit. I don’t know if I have the patience to knit an adult sweater but I have several in my Ravelry queue if I ever get the nerve to knit one.

  27. I just made my first Baby Surprise Jacket in preparation for making an adult surprise jacket for myself using multiple colors of Malabrigo Silky Merino.

  28. The February Lady sweater is really popular around here, 6-8 people in our knitting group made it, including me. I’m going to make a second one.

  29. I want to knit a ribbi puli with a blind passion. But I am going to make a version of the ‘King of Confidence’ sweater for ravelypmics.

  30. I have so many sweaters I want to make! I’m working on a Heritage Cardigan right now. And I’m trying to decide on one for my sister’s Christmas gift…

  31. I’ve been working on Janet Szabo’s ‘FLAK’ cardigan for ages, but it’s a great process, and I love cables…..

  32. There are many sweater patterns I’d like to knit but like you I can’t seem to make up my mind. I would like to make the Central Park Hoodie or Shalom someday though.

  33. I knit the CPH (Central Park Hoodie) last year and LOVED it. I’d like to do it again, but this time with viking cables πŸ™‚

    I’ve also got my eye on Rogue and Gabriella πŸ™‚

  34. I have only knit one sweater. I have many queued up, but I get intimidated. They look good on the models, but I am definitely not shaped like a model!

  35. I have only made one sweater so far., and currently have a Noro Sweater on hold., I would like to knit more, but, find it hard to pick a pattern and then get it to fit, need more experience I think. Would love to join your knit-a-long but not able to a this time, hope to join the knit-a-long in April….

  36. The only sweater I’ve managed to complete and be able to wear myself (the first two were either too big or too little!) is my fave so far – Rouge by the Girl from Auntie. Love it! πŸ™‚

  37. My favorite sweater pattern is John’s Guernsey by Penny Straker (pattern 882). It’s a great looking sweater, easy to wear, and fun to knit. What more could a knitter ask for?

  38. Last year I knit the CPH (Central Park Hoodie) and loved it. It’s my favourite sweater. I’d like to knit it again, but with viking cables instead of the ones in the pattern.

    I’ve also got my eye on Rogue and Patons Cabled Hoodie πŸ™‚

  39. I purchased a pattern from Loopy Ewe call The Boxy Pullover by ShiBui Knits. I love the pattern and it has been easy to work with. I am using the DK weight from Sting Theory in the Bowman colourway I just love it and it is very beginner friendly. I may just have to make anther for the KAL. It really was fun.

  40. The next sweaters I am determined to make are either, Tea Leaves Cardigan, (Get off of my) Cloud, or the Luminen ( I love morfo’s variation on Ravelry, and may try to duplicate some of her ideas, link here: If you want to see. It is a hoodie and a cardigan, so double winner…
    If you are looking for FREE and meant for SOCK yarn, there is one that could be a simple sweater that could be easily customized in many many ways! Kaleidoscope Cardigan by Sarah Sutherland
    Okay, I have to draw straws yo pick b/c I love them all!
    Sincerely, Juli

  41. I am loving the lightweight pullover by Knitbot, and I also love (not sure if it counts or not) the central park hoodie, however I can’t for the life of me decide on a yarn. Probably something superwash as I have kids who love to give me hugs with sticky paws!!

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