Camp Loopy 2020: July Challenge

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Pattern: Flax, Yarn: Malabrigo

Another month has come and gone, I can’t believe July will be over in two days. For the second month of Camp Loopy 2020, my hands took on the challenge of knitting a large sweater (just under 1200 yards, worsted weight) for my partner’s birthday. Before getting into the details of the challenge, I want to take a moment to discuss how much I love using Tincanknits’s Flax sweater patterns (worsted and fingering weight) without the garter stitch pannels to make classic raglan sweaters. I’ve knit several of each for myself and others and am always happy with the fit and the color pooling, but always have over 200 yards of yarn leftover. Seriously, I was anticipating this sweater needing 1400 yards! Anyways, here was the challenge for July:

The July Challenge:
We are celebrating The Botany Lab, The Zoology Lab and The Entomology Lab in July.Your project needs to reflect plants, or animals, or insects.You can show this representation in the colors you pick, or the color name, or the pattern itself, or the pattern name, or the designer name.You need to use a minimum of 600 yards of yarn, single knit or crocheted (not held double).Examples for Botany Lab (plants): You could pick colors like DragonfruitJoshua TreeRose & IrisMountain WildflowersGarden PartyHolly HockPomegranate BlossomVegetable MedleySeaweedIvy.

OR patterns like: Graceful Leaves PulloverMaple Ridge VestHibiscus CardiganProtea Cable & Lace ScarfTree SeekerSproutedThe Rose That Grew From ConcretePeaslake ShawlFairy Leaves WrapVioleta Tunic.Examples for Zoology Lab (animals): You could pick colors like Flamingo on my LawnGrey TabbySilver FoxRainbow TroutThe Cat’s PyjamasManateeKoi PondDirty PantherTurtle.

OR patterns like: Koi PondLlama DramaGoldfish MemoryWild SwanCrayfish Party SocksSimple Tee (by ChurchMOUSE), Barklines,Examples for Entomology Lab (insects): You could pick colors like The Unicorn BeetleA Butterflies DreamLightning BugFireflyBeeswax.

OR patterns like: Bee FieldsDancing ButterfliesJimi CricketWool and HoneyHoneybee CardiganDragonflies JumperThe Love of SpidersQueen Bee PulloverButterflyArachneMothed.

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He’s laughing at me because didn’t trust him not to get food on his sweater during dinner

I know what you’re thinking: With so many choices, why would you choose to do another flax sweater? For starters, I wanted to make something with more yardage than the minimum as I finished last month’s challenge so quickly. Due to the pandemic and working from home, I have a lot of knitting time on my hands during meetings if the project is simple enough. This brings us to my next argument for choosing a simple project: it’s simple and doesn’t require a lot of brainpower. In other words, I can use my hands to see my stitches instead of having to look at or think about what I’m working on. The most important reason, however, is that I knew my partner would love another handknit sweater (re: my feelings on the sweater curse). 

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I even made him a matching hat with the leftover yarn :]

Having finished this challenge in about 10 days, I’m realizing I may need to take on something bigger for August if I want the project to last. It’s weird to think that this time last year all my free time was spent hiking and traveling. We’re still hiking, but our ability to travel several hours to make a weekend event of it is temporarily out of our control. In the meantime, my partner has started requesting I knit him another sweater in a different color (for his birthday, since this one was gifted sooner), so I will take comfort in the knowledge that he loves his sweater and we still have a life time of adventure before us. 

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