Our Bang Out a Sweater knitalong only officially started three days ago, but somehow this week has felt very full and long. It certainly feels full when you look at the mighty sweater-cranking that has been going on. I worry about whether some people are getting enough sleep. Others may feel that they are behind, or moving too slowly. So I offer up some photographic encouragement.
The Promised Land
I want to show you two finished Stopovers. Both were knitted before Bang Out a Sweater was even a gleam in our eye–they are naturally-occurring Stopovers. They have stuck in my mind since I first glimpsed images of them, which I’m sure was a big part of my attraction to the pattern in the first place, and both are reminders of the knitter’s role in the creation of a beautiful garment.
(Photo by Kathy Cadigan.)
(Photo by Lori Ann Graham.)
Not that I’m compulsively checking the #BangOutASweater hashtag on Instagram or anything, but clearly there are Stopovers nearing completion. They could be done today. They could be done tonight. Finished sweaters could be busting out all over, any minute.
Like this one, by jillben4547:
And this one, by AsKatKnits:
(I imagine Jill and Kat exchanging high fives at the finish line, while the rest of us try to look gracious about it. This image motivates me to knit faster.)
I would love to document all these sweaters. I’m not yet sure how, but the variety and bounty of the Stopovers people are making is too good to let slip off into the ether without trying to grab a memento.
Here’s my request: when you’ve finished your Stopover, please send me a picture of it. And I have more requests, in the hopes of forging some consistency out of all the variety and bounty:
- Lay the sweater flat on a neutral background. (Suggestion: bedsheet, floor.)
- Take the photo from above, of the entire sweater. (Tip: stand on the bed.)
- Try to take the photo in natural light, without flash and without casting your shadow onto it. (This may be difficult if it’s winter where you are, but try.)
- Email the photo to me.
- In your email, please give me permission to use the photo, and a link or other way of crediting you.
I don’t quite know what I’ll do with the photos; it will likely be a composite or mosaic of all the sweaters, to share here as a thank you to Mary Jane Mucklestone for designing such an inspired sweater, and as a celebration of the ridiculous fun of a bunch of people blasting through a sweater together. I’ll be most grateful.
Giveaway Housekeeping: Cashmere Edition
This just in: a beaming photo from Leesa M. of Winchester, Virginia. I call it ‘Girl With a Whack of Cashmere (Grey Cat).” Leesa won our drawing for a Lux Adorna cowl kit. She seems pretty happy about it. Thanks for the picture, Leesa: proof of cashmere.
Which reminds me to remind everyone to enter our current giveaway drawing, which is still live.