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Ready... Set... NaKniSweMo!

A new month approaches and, of course, a new challenge awaits fellow knitters and crocheters. What are you saying, Heavenly?

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) for writers who challenge themselves to write a novel with a minimum of 50,000 words. For knitters and crocheters, there are knitalongs (KALs) and crochetalongs (CALs) for those who want to participate in the November challenge every year. The term for the knitter and crocheter is respectively, NaKniSweMo and NaCroSweMo.

The general idea is to make a sweater (of your choosing) with a minimum of 50,000 stitches during the month of November. The sweater should be started during the month of November and completed by the end of the month.

Here are a few tips to achieve such a huge goal:

The first cardigan I have ever made... back in November 2012!

1. Choose your design early (before November, if possible).

2. Check your stash and order more yarn, if needed.

3. Make sure the needle/hook sizes required are ready (not attached to other projects).

4. Take your time to swatch to make sure you knit/chet the correct gauge.

5. Take new measurements of yourself/recipient.

Are you interested in taking this challenge?

This year will be my first NaKniSweMo challenge. My plan is to design a sweater for someone else (using the grey and black yarn in the picture). When that is complete, I also want to finish knitting a tunic I began a long while ago. I am pretty sure I can do it by the end of the month. If the sweater I design has less than 50,000 stitches, then I am going to shoot for making a hoodie for it? Maybe? Just maybe... My goal is to have fun even if I don't make it to 50,000 stitches. Now that I am bursting with excitement, off I go!

Now it's your turn, Lovelies!

Knitter/Crocheter Question: Are you participating in NaKniSweMo/NaCroSweMo? Which sweater or cardigan pattern is currently on your needles/hook?

Handspinner Question: Have you ever spun a sweater's quantity to yarn? Share your experience!

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