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Since hubby and I have spent so many chilly mornings out on the lake recently, I had considered that maybe I should get him a nice sweater to wear under his jacket as another layer. And then I thought, DUH, I knit! I'll just make him one!

As it turns out, I'd bought yarn to make him a sweater several years ago, and never got around to it. Why? Because he's a lot bigger than me, and that is just a ton of knitting. At the time, I was still riding public transit, so lugging a big sweater around would have been quite a challenge. But now that I have my mobile S.T.A.S.H. Acquisition Unit (aka my car :)) I'm ready to tackle the challenge.

So, last Monday, I looked at what I had: 26 100-gram balls of bulky weight yarn. I swatched, got a gauge I liked, and cast on. Last night, I made it up to the armscyes!

Sure, it doesn't look like much. Until you compare it with a sweater I made for myself:

So, where does this wild hair come in? Well, after deciding that I was going to make him this sweater, and of course make it up as I go along, I also decided that it would be a great thing for him to wear to our first camping trip of the season - in two weeks! And, he has no idea that I'm knitting this for him, so I can't knit it around him, which means no knitting on the weekends. So, between my lunch breaks, meetings, and game nights when he's pretty oblivious to what I'm doing, I have only about 15-20 hours to scrape the rest of this thing together.

What do you think, will I make it? Or am I kinda nutty?

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Comment by Bridget Ruffing on April 11, 2011 at 9:23am
Kerin, that white sweater you knit for yourself is absoloutely stunning. I'm making one just like it in chocolate WotA.
Comment by Tara Addesa on April 29, 2010 at 12:26pm
Kerin Especially with Knitting it's Positive Thinking Positive Thinking Positive Thinking lol and How Coool is ThaT for Your Anniversary :)))) Enjoy Enjoy Enjoy !! Happy Camping :)
Comment by Kerin on April 29, 2010 at 9:23am
Thanks, everyone, for your encouragement! I was feeling pretty daunted about this one - I do this to myself ALL the time (like "oh, sure I can knit a queen sized afghan on size 8s in 6 weeks!"). But I think this will be worth the effort.. the camping trip is for our anniversary too, so this will be a really nice anniversary present for him.

Not to mention his birthday is in a couple months, so if I don't finish it in time I have a ready gift! hehe....
Comment by Krystie DePue on April 29, 2010 at 8:58am
Go for it...I am sure he will be thrilled, I don't know about surprised though...I have tried to make many things for my hubby in secret and he always seems to know what I am making him...I don't know how he does it. Keep us updated. I hope you have an awesome camping trip.
Comment by cellogirl on April 29, 2010 at 8:07am
We'll cheer you on!!--the body in the round is the biggest part and you're well along. You could always do the sleeves on dpns and he'll think they're another pair of socks!! Once you join the sleeves with the body on a raglan , the knitting gets faster and faster!!--Go Girl!! you can do it!!
Comment by cherylbwaters on April 29, 2010 at 6:03am
Kerin, we also here she sneaks knitting into the vault! teehee.
Comment by banklady6 on April 29, 2010 at 4:26am
I have faith in you..maybe Kelley will let you take longer lunch breaks? and maybe some "after work meetings?" lol..or my favorite spot to sneak 10 minutes at work--ladie's room...oh wait-that's way bigger than the socks I used to work on there. Good luck!
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on April 28, 2010 at 1:49pm
Kerin, Looks like you knitting it in the round - right? So if that is the case, you WILL make it. Good luck to you! ♥s
Comment by Tara Addesa on April 28, 2010 at 10:08am
Ohhh Kerin it's Very Doable in That Amount of Time .. Given Bulky Pullovers were 1 of My 3-4 Regular Projects in the Last 45 Yrs Yes yes yes you'll Make it NP :))) from My Wee iPhone it Looks like Youve Almost Finished the Front .. Backs are usually quite Plain so that's Normally Very Fast & "2" Sleeves also quite FasT :)) Decades Ago (maybe it's Because All My Patterns Read to CO & Do the Back First) but I'm in the Habit of Doing Back then Front then Sleeves Collar Last .. Good LucK Youll Make it and it's Very PrettY :)
Comment by JEN V. on April 28, 2010 at 8:57am
If you have that much done from one wee of work - wow. I think you can do it! Keep us posted!

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