Second Annual NaKniSweMo at knitgrrl

Second Annual NaKniSweMo at knitgrrl

nakniswemo-smNow that the weather is occasionally on the slightly less than broiling side, I have to admit that I’m rather excited about this KAL. Most of my recent knitting has been small, nearly instant gratification projects. It’s been ages and ages since I knit an entire sweater. The question is what sweater to knit. The main factor, of course, is what stash yarns to use for this project. Being that the NaKniSweMo is in November, at least there’s a little time to decide and sign up for the group on Ravelry.

On a tip from a friend who works at Israel’s largest book retailer, I hopped over to our local branch of the shop and picked up a new knitting magazine published by Vitalgo, formerly one of Israel’s largest yarn producers, now one of Israel’s largest yarn importers. Vitalgo picked up on an idea previously done by Knitter’s magazine of showcasing knitting patterns written by yarn shop owners or employees. The cover sweater, a lovely bolero, was done by none other than our own Orly of The Gourmet Yarn Shop in Ra’anana. With a couple of exceptions, the majority of the sweater patterns are still stuck in the 70′s and 80′s, the heyday of Israeli yarn production. Israeli fashion trends pretty much mimic what’s going on in Europe rather than the US, but somehow I imagine even European knitters rolling their eyes at some of the sweaters in this magazine.

None-the-less, I’m not worried about finding a pattern to go along with the stash. Besides the books, there are several years worth of Knitters’, Vogue Knitting and Interweave Knits lying around here to thumb through and just a few gigabytes of patterns downloaded from the Internet.

Since this KAL has to be completed during the month of November, I better go start looking for the yarn/pattern now.

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