MacKenzie Speaks: Climb Every Mountain is Done!

Hi. I’m MacKenzie.

I’ve been helping the Mother of Cats for weeks now on her sweater knitting. Last week, finally, she got one of them done.

The weather turned nasty and I didn’t get to go outside for days. Seriously, look at how nasty it got…

The garden became covered in snow. Look at what happened to the hydrangeas!! I forgot that this stuff existed, but here it is again making my life miserable. Why does the Mother of Cats let this kind of thing happen?! She should care more about me!

Because we couldn’t go outside for a few days and there wasn’t any watering to do outside the Mother of Cats settled down and got some serious knitting done.

She finished my sweater and PUT IT ON!! How can I take a nap on this sweater if she is going to wear it?
Do you see how this sweater is the perfect shape for me to take a nap on it?

The Mother of Cats says that this sweater is really comfy and fun to wear; something like a swancho, whatever that is. All I know is that she is wearing my new, most favorite cat blankie. I need more attention. I need to have more cookies. I want to go outside!!

Sigh. The backyard has been kind of ruined for the year.

Laters. It is time for my dinner and I am going to demand extra cookies on the side.

I’m such a good boy!

Can I have those cookies now?


Notes from the Mother of Cats:

  • The sweater is Climb Every Mountain by Heidi Kirrmaier. This is a seriously comfy sweater that is going to be a workhorse layering piece for me this fall into the winter. My project notes are here.
  • I altered the pattern to put I-cord trim on the sleeves (instead of ribbing) and then added more I-cord to the top of the neckline ribbing as the sweater was a little loose and sloppy on me, probably because of the fabulous soft yarn that I used. Anyway, all was fixed once the I-cord was added and I’m really happy with the fit.
The I-cord as added by picking up the original cast on stitches and then binding off right away in I-cord. The stability added by the edge pulled the whole sweater back up off my shoulders. 
  • The yarn is from Western Sky Knits and I scored it from their booth last spring when I went to the Interweave Yarn Fest. This yarn is seriously yummy!
  • Koivua is also done, but I still have some finishing to do with it. Next post!
  • Oh, yeah. I had a birthday last month and in a moment of weakness (it’s my birthday…. I get to have what I want!!) I bought some yarn. Okay, maybe a lot of yarn. It is really nice, however. I should probably write about how I’m doing on the yarn destash project… That will be another post!!
  • The weather change was really abrupt and dramatic. One day we were almost 80°F here in the Denver area, and then we dropped into the 20’s the next day and the drop just kept going overnight taking us into the single digits by the next morning. Crazy, huh. I moved plants and covered what I could, but the garden is basically gone now. Poor flowers!

Author: Midnight Knitter

I weave, knit and read in Aurora, Colorado where my garden lives. I have 2 sons, a knitting daughter-in-law, a grandson and two exceptionally spoiled kittens. In 2014 I was diagnosed with a serious rare autoimmune disease called systemic sclerosis along with Sjogren's Disease and fibromyalgia.

9 thoughts on “MacKenzie Speaks: Climb Every Mountain is Done!”

  1. Yikes! Look at the snow! I hope it didn’t last long:)
    Your sweater is lovely and it looks so comfortable!
    MacKenzie: Sorry about the snow. I hope you get more cookies to make you feel better.

    1. The snow was a huge shock! Two days later it was gone, but my flowers are gone and all of the leaves on the tree are down. I spent most of yesterday blowing, raking and bagging leaves. Got to love this time of year. My new sweater should be getting a workout as more snow is coming this weekend.

      MacKenzie: if the Mother of Cats loved me she would make the snow go away!! I need some cookies now just thinking about it again.

  2. This sweater is beyond fabulous! I LOVE it!! I don’t think I would be nearly as taken with it without the i-cord edging, though. Genius!

    Crazy weather! 😱

    1. The sweater is really a snap to knit and very comfy. I wasn’t sure about the shaping, but it is going to work great. I love layering with arm warmers and that sweater is going to be perfect. The original design just has I-cord on the hem, but I decided to use a contrasting color for the I-cord, so it was just natural to add it to the sleeves. The final I-cord at the neck was serendipity. 🙂

  3. Wow you seem to knit that very quickly. Finished just in time to snuggle in now your weather has turned. I LOVE snow so I’m jealous, but I do like autumn too so I wouldn’t want it cut too short. A belated Happy Birthday xx

    1. It was a quick knit as the sweater was knit top down with minimal shaping and knit, knit, knit all the way with a few yo’s thrown in to make the increases. I used this sweater as a break from all the chart knitting and technical problem solving that came with knitting the Koivua sweater, so I kind of finished up the two of them at the same time.

  4. Belated Happy Birthday! Your sweater looks great, and definitely warm and cozy 🙂 Looking forward to seeing your Koivua also!
    MacKenzie – you are a very good boy and so patient with the snow and all your other trials. I suspect there are some more cookies and more attention in your future 🙂 Maybe Mother of Cats will snuggle with you when she is wearing your new blanket/her new Climb Every Mountain? Then you can both use it!

    1. Thank you. I just got Koivua done so it is up for viewing now too.

      MacKenzie: She gave me an old sweater for me to sleep on for my very own, but every time she wears one of her new sweater I make her snuggle overtime. Can you send me some cookies? I think that the Mother of Cats has been neglecting me with all of her knitting lately…

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