My US 1s and 3s always get a work out. Tiny yarns and needles are usually what I look for in patterns and after getting used to that, I catch myself referring to anything over a US 8 as "chunky." I've also notice that I make a lot of cardigans and wraps... Never just a pullover or an actual top that can be worn alone. This is the year I'm going to branch out, I'm giving big and bulky a try... And hopefully I won't need to do nearly as much laundry if I can just make tops that don't require a paired item.
So here is my challenge entry, this morning, I started my Simply Marilyn sweater (free from Interweave's website: http://www.interweave.com/knit/interweave_knits/pdf_files/Simply_Marilyn.pdf
). I'm changing just a few things about the process, but overall, plan to stick to the pattern. Things I'm changing: Knitting in the round (not flat), using US 10 needles (I had to make it just a little smaller because, otherwise, the 40" sweater will just drop right off my tiny frame), and I'm not putting a cable down the center back, just leaving it blank.
I'll be using RYC Soft Tweed (in Blue Slate), which I got from a very generous friend (she bought too much for a project and had eight balls left over and sold them to me for $3.50 each!!!). As for the picture, that's my daughter's new calender, she colors the months as we go, so there you go! Thanks for looking and I hope to check in with more progress soon!
After only one day of knitting, I'm on ball number three and nearly finished with the body! Can you believe that?! I need to use the bulky (I sometimes like to call them "beefy") yarns more often!
I FINISHED! I finished this sweater in FOUR days! YES! This is awesome! AND I love the sweater! Only thing I would do differently next time is make it a little longer before shaping the waist. I had the EXACT amount of yarn, too, there was only one yard left over after it was all said and done. So here she is, my finished Simply Marilyn