It’s All Pumpkin Spice!

It’s been a few weeks since I did my YOP post and for good reason. Deadlines at work which had me working on the weekends (being a 1 person department can do that to you) and working on a craft article deadline — more on that in the future. Let’s just say with all that, I was pretty swamped. Things are beginning to calm down now, Friday was my birthday so this is technically my birthday weekend and I figured a great time to get a post up. Although I’ve not posted for some weeks, I’ve still been getting crafting in when I could. Mostly spinning (until both my wheels needed replacement parts — I told you the weeks were eventful, LOL) but some knitting too. Let me get into that knitting story …

One night in late Sept I had a crazy headache. So much so I couldn’t sleep. What does this girl do for relief? She decided that she needs to complete her first adult sweater! Notice I said complete because over the years, I’ve started and just never had to urge to finish. Sure, I’ve knitted baby sweaters/cardigans, but those are quick, cute, adorable so what’s not to finish! But the adult ones just seems to go on forever then I get bored and chuck them to the side. I know … the shame! LOL!

Not so with the current make — cue angels singing! I’ve been blazing through the Fast Fashion Sweater by Safiyyah Talley (aka Drunk Knitter) like a wildfire. The first night, I finished the neck and the first part of the yoke. Within a few days I’m at the bottom band. Once the band is done, it’s off to what I hear knitters call “sleeve island” … let’s see if I get stuck there.

I understand now what knitters mean when they say that patterns speak to them. I haven’t been able to put this knit down and am thoroughly enjoying myself. So much so, I bought two sweater sized project bags AND I’ve already lined up about 7 more projects — 1 cardigan, 4 sweaters and 2 ponchos. The fourth make on this list is a bottom up sweater so I can see which method I like best between top down and bottom up.

I wasn’t sure how much I’d like making this adult sweater much more finishing it so I used acrylic yarn for it. It’s Lionbrand’s Pound of Love in Pumpkin Spice. And boy is this sweater turning out to be just that — pumpkin spice and everything nice!

Happy Fall, Autumn, Spring depending on where in the world you live! Happy Sunday and I’m so looking forward to catching up with your makes.

21 thoughts on “It’s All Pumpkin Spice!

  1. Syd/knitxgrits November 5, 2021 / 6:07 pm

    Nicky! For some reason, you crossed my mind…I haven’t been on IG but I thought “I wonder what Nicky is up to?” I hope you finished this sweater, it looks so cute and I have some acrylic that needs to be used, so glad I checked in on you. Happy belated, belated birthday ❤

    • Nicky December 19, 2021 / 7:09 am

      Syd!!!!! How are you love? It’s sooooo good to see you back on the internet. I hope you’ve been doing well and I’m really looking forward to connecting with you again. ❤

  2. Lucy Bowen October 16, 2021 / 4:17 am

    I hope you had a fab birthday weekend. Your sweater looks fabulous and is such a great colour.

  3. highlandheffalump October 12, 2021 / 9:19 am

    I hope you had a lovely birthday. I haven’t tried a bottom up jumper because I like to try them on as I’m knitting and my brain won’t let me try it another way 😂. It looks great, sounds like you are going to be keeping yourself busy with your other garments now you have got off to a flying start with this one.

    • Nicky October 12, 2021 / 9:20 pm

      I really did have a lovely birthday, thank you so much.

      I get what you’re saying 😀 — I hope my brain let’s me work the bottom up just as well as it did for this one. I’m having a lovely time.

  4. Sandra Licher October 11, 2021 / 5:17 pm

    Happy Birthday!!! I adore your sweater! I was thinking of making one although I would have to make it much longer. I love the color too. It is darling and you are going to look so good in it!

    • Nicky October 12, 2021 / 9:27 pm

      Thank you so much for the birthday wishes and sweater love — I’ve had a marvelous time with both.

      The colorway is really lovely and I can’t wait to finish the project!

  5. Mary-Anne October 11, 2021 / 1:01 pm

    Happy Birthday!! Knitting is a much better way to deal with insomnia than tossing and turning and fretting that is for sure! I too seem to be on a sweater kick. So glad that yours is turning out to be Pumpkin spice and everything nice.

    • Nicky October 11, 2021 / 1:07 pm

      Thank you friend! It’s really been a pleasure and true … tossing and turning is not the business when there’s an attack of insomnia. Makes the sleep take even longer to come.

      Thank you for the birthday wishes too. 🙂

  6. Knit One, Spin Too October 11, 2021 / 8:25 am

    Happy birthday weekend! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate that knitting a sweater for yourself. 🙂 I personally like the top-down yoke sweaters so you can try them on as you go a bit more easily but everyone has their own set of details they like, I think. Hope things quiet down at work a bit for you and that you can get your wheels repaired and back in action!

    • Nicky October 11, 2021 / 12:45 pm

      Thank you so much for the birthday wishes and yes, it’s been so lovely working on this sweater. The bottom band feels like it’s taking forever but it’s still a lovely endeavor.

      And yes, I’m looking forward to work settling down too .. sooo many plans, so little time.

  7. ceulanfibres October 11, 2021 / 2:10 am

    Happy belated birthday! This is knitting up beautifully, congrats on your first big sweater project.

    • Nicky October 11, 2021 / 12:47 pm

      Thank you for the birthday wishes and the positive sweater knitting thoughts. I’m really having a blast with it.

    • Nicky October 11, 2021 / 12:47 pm

      It really is!!!! I’ve been having a lovely time with it!

  8. Marsha Noce October 10, 2021 / 1:59 pm

    You have done well on your first sweater. No one would ever know it was your first one unless you told them. It looks wonderful.

    • Nicky October 11, 2021 / 12:52 pm

      Thank you so much Marsha, thank you so much for your vote of confidence. 🙂

  9. debsfibers1 October 10, 2021 / 10:59 am

    What a lovely post!!!

    WOWZA!!! Your foray into adult sweater knitting is pretty stellar! That is gorgeous and I am so happy you have jumped on the adult sweater train!!!! It is SUCH FUN and you get to wear and enjoy a new sweater in the end!

    • Nicky October 11, 2021 / 12:57 pm

      Thank you Twin!!! Thanks for encouraging me to take the plunge — Cottongrass is on my to-do list! ❤

  10. knittingissofun October 10, 2021 / 9:54 am

    CONGRATULATIONS on your first sweater. So glad you loved it. I personally prefer top down so that I can try on the sweater as I’m knitting it. I have yet to tackle a seamed sweater and I don’t really have any desire for one. Patty Lyons is big on “fitted” garments but I am not. I also have not knit a cardigan yet and not sure one will make it on my 2022 goals either. Maybe 2023??

    • Nicky October 11, 2021 / 1:09 pm

      Thank you!!!!! I’m really, really enjoying this make.

      I’ll check Patty Lyons’ website for her take but I’m with you, I’m not pressed about fitted garments but I might give a seamed pattern a test run just for the experience.

      I’m going to try the Sunday Cardigan by ThePetiteKnitter as my first grown up cardi.

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