Hi. I’m MacKenzie.
The Mother of Cats has continued to knit like crazy on her new sweater. I’ve been giving her tons of help, but she doesn’t seem to appreciate me the way she should. She continues to freak out every single time that I put a claw on her sweater; she always grabs my paw and WON’T LET ME TOUCH THE SWEATER WITH MY PAWS!! I do not understand why she is acting this way. So selfish, the Mother of Cats!
The Mother of Cats is so unstable and difficult to work with. After I snagged her knitting only a couple of times she grabbed me and CUT MY NAILS!!! Can you see the damage in the picture?
The Mother of Cats pulled out a lot of yarn this evening and started knitting on new projects, lots of new projects, lots of new yarns. She let me help and I got to chomp at least three different colors. One has cashmere… my favorite!! Wait until I get to show that yarn off.
I’m such a good boy.
Can I have some cookies now?
Notes from the Mother of Cats:
- The sweater is Sturgill by Caitlin Hunter. My project notes on Ravelry are here.
- I finished the sleeves before completing the body as I was worried about running out of yarn and was considering options. I completed only a couple of inches of sleeve ribbing and paced the stitches on holders so I could match to the body of the sweater later (see below).
- The sweater is knit with DK weight yarn, but I ran out of the main color (dark grey) before I finished the body of the sweater. I had a skein of fingering in the same colorway (Man in Black by Stitch Together) so I blended that yarn held doubled with the DK by alternating rows for several rounds and then completed the body with the doubled fingering. It was a great match.
- Once the body of the sweater was completed I did the same blending trick with the sleeve ribbing and then added another 4″ to the sleeve ribbing to get a total of 6″ ribbing. Sleeves fit perfect!
- After wet blocking the two weights of yarn look identical in the sweater. Win!
- MacKenzie has already gotten over the cutting of his claws since it allowed him to plant himself constantly on my knitting…
- Now that I’m done with all of my current WIPs it is time to go crazy and cast on lots of new projects. Wait until I can show off the next wave of knitted yumminess.
12 thoughts on “MacKenzie Speaks: The Sturgill Sweater is Done.”
It looks great, lovely subtle yummy colours.
Another beautiful FO, congratulations.. and enjoy – that is, if MacKenzie allows you to get it back 🙂
Your mom always amazes me with her problem solving ability, MacKenzie! Please tell her the double fingering to go with the DK was inspired. You’re looking particularly snuggly these days. Must be the cold weather. 😉
MacKenzie: she is a determined knitter! I think she read about this yarn trick in a book somewhere.
Wow! Your sweater is beautiful – wonderful job!
Thanks! I just got the yarn for another couple of sweaters by the same designer. Her work is so nice to wear!!
I love your sweater!! It is stunningly gorgeous:)
MacKenzie: The key thing to remember when pawing the handknits is to keep your claws in:)
Thank you! I am so happy with the way it fits. 😻
MacKenzie: Have you been talking to the Mother of Cats? That’s what she says… I can’t help it, my claws just pop out when I’m happy!
It really is beautiful – great job! MacKenzie – maybe you can offer just moral support and not “paws on” support!
It snowed today and I’m out rocking the sweater. Mackenzie: she left me home again! I’ll show her… I’m spending the afternoon sharpening my claws.
I love your version of this sweater. What beautiful colors. How fortunate that you had the fingering weight in the same color so disaster averted🙂
I was really lucky to find the perfect color just stashed away; justification for a healthy yarn stash! The other way of looking at it is these are colors that I just love so I kept buying different variations to put into the stash. I later found sock yarn that also matched the sweater and am now making a shawl and another pair of socks that will go with the Sturgill. I could be a have a tiny yarn stash problem going…