I don’t know if I’ve ever participated in an organized KAL (knit-a-long), but I’m going to participate in this one. It’s all about making sweaters in the summer, so that when the cold season hits, you can wear them. Makes sense. We’ll see how my perpetually sweaty hands fare while working with wool in the heat. The KAL goes from today until September 24th. Surely that will be enough time for me to whip up a Beatnik.

To my astonishment, when I swatched today the size 8 needle is what I used to get gauge. I usually have to go down a size. I started with the 7 and then switched to the 8 when my row gauge seemed too different.


I’ve been hemming and hawing over what to knit for this KAL since I heard about it on Angela’s blog last week. I’m using Cascade 220 Pyrite Heather, to make my matching family sweater to go with Matt’s and Zooey’s out of the same yarn. I originally wanted to make a Kenzo with the yarn, but one Ravelry user commented that Cascade 220 seemed too heavy for the pattern on her project, and I’m having reservations about how much I would wear it. I will probably eventually make it, but it’s back in the brainstorming category for now.

I hardly ever make pullovers. I think Sky is my only one. Beatnik looks like it will keep me interested with the gorgeous cables, and it looks a little feisty. I like that. I need something feisty to get me through another sweater in the same color.


I got through a bit of the twisted rib today. I’m ready to get to the fun part (the cables). Here we go!

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