You might have heard for NaNoWriMo… National Novel Writing Month?  Started in 1999, the idea was to encourage writers to set themselves a goal to write a 50,000 word novel in a month, in the otherwise grey and uninteresting month of November.

Knit like the wind!

Our own clever Shannon Okey decided that she had enough novels, but needed a new sweater, so NaKniSweMo was born – National Knit a Sweater Month.  After all, most sweaters have at least 50,000 stitches – and goodness knows, knitting a stitch is easier and faster than choosing the right word…

Shannon’s  hosting a KAL on Ravelry, and has created a twitter tag for real-time updates, #NaKniSweMo.

Our own Jillian is in, and as of 6:05am this morning, she had already cast on. She’s knitting Goodale (Rav link).  Some brave knitters are turning this into an informal NaDesSweMo – National Design a Sweater Month.  Both Shannon and Annie Modesitt are creating new designs.

And it’s not just a US event – over 500 knitters from all over the world are signed up for the Ravelry group – knitters from Canada, the UK, Finland, the Netherlands and Australia are participating.  IntKniSweMo?

It’s not too late to join the fun. I bet there’s a sweater-to-be lurking in your stash – cast on tonight and you’ll be well on track.

Stay tuned for updates on Jillian’s progress throughout the month.  And do check out Shannon’s Ravelry group – she promises prizes!

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13 Responses to NaKniSweMo

  1. Nikki K. says:

    Thus challenge is MUCH more realistic to me! What an awesome idea!

  2. Way cool idea. I have just the sweater waiting…behind some unfinished Christmas knitting ;(

  3. Elizabeth says:

    what a great idea but didn’t you know it was already FreakOutBecauseTheHolidaysAreAlmostHere Month? Unless you have finished your holiday knitting. If that is the case. I may either want to be you when I grow up or hate you.

  4. Julie Cicora says:

    I’m hoping this camisole I have decided to make for a future daughter in law might count for this. When I told her I was knitting her something, she asked me if the sweater curse applied to Mother in law and future daughter in laws. I said no!!!!! I love her and don’t want to lose her!

  5. Louise says:

    What an opportunity! I just bought yarn for a sweater for my sister. I’ll have to see if I can finish it before the end of Nov. Wish me luck!

  6. Helen says:

    What a great excuse for putting down all the UFOs I’m working on!

  7. Seanna Lea says:

    While I would be thrilled to do this, I’m not sure I can do this and NaNoWriMo!

  8. Jamie says:

    Yea! I may have to try it or at least modify it to “Finish a UFO/sweater” month

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  10. Opal Nelson says:

    Does it have to be a sweater for yourself?

  11. MeV says:

    im not on ravelry but i think i’ll take the chalenge with the 208sts i co last night.

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