Last year, when Debi (of Flock and Rally) asked me if I would be interested in knitting a sweater with the Crafty Feast logo on it I was more than excited to take on the project. This was a fun project (at times). This was also a project of firsts: measuring, calculations, making a swatch, freaking out…more on that later. When it comes to knitting, I like to wing it and just make it up along the way. Since this was going to be used to advertise and promote a big event, I had to discipline my knitting (just a bit). I choose a raglan style for the sweater. I took Debi’s measurements, made a swatch, calculated how many stitches I needed to cast on, how many rows to knit before I started to decrease for the armhole…you know, boring stuff.
My first plan was to knit the words into the sweater as I went using the intarsia method. I uploaded the Crafty Feast logo onto a website that puts images on a knitting graph (this is when the swatch came in handy).
The image was blurry but that was fine. I just needed to be able to count rows.
The intarsia method wasn’t as difficult as I thought (another reason to not be scared to try something new). I was knitting along and things were going great. I finished the word “FEAST” and did a little fist pump victory. Amateur move. I celebrated too early. The word “CRAFTY” didn’t come out too well. I tried to do some cutting (on the wrong side of the sweater) to help adjust the words a bit and it helped but unless you knew the phrase in advance, you couldn’t really make it out too well. I wish I had a picture to show but I accidentally deleted it.
Panic Mode started to kick in. My next attempt was to embroider the words onto the sweater. That was a no go. The knit of the sweater was too loose and the embroidery was getting swallowed up between stitches.
Sweaty Panic Mode kicked in. I needed another idea.
Times like this I am so happy I learned to crochet as well (People make fun of me for being interested in so many different crafts but who’s laughing now? HA!). I decided to crochet the letters and then sew them onto the sweater. Was it my original plan? No. Was I worried they wouldn’t like it? Yes. Did I have any other options? Well, I could have said I am not going to be able to complete the sweater because it’s not working out the way I planned (I almost sent that text) but that would be a let down. Mainly to myself.
As I was making and arranging the letters, I kept texting Jordan and asking her “Can you read the word CRAFTY clearly?!?!” in which she responded, “Yes!! *heart eyes emojis*
Once the sweater was assembled I headed over to Debi’s. The moment of truth. You know when they say “Don’t sweat the small stuff?” Well, “Don’t sweat the small stuff!” She and the Flock and Rally crew loved it!
Now it was time to ship it out for it to be photographed.
As I was browsing Facebook the other day, I came across the event for Crafty Feast and there was my sweater:
Photo Credit: Rhett Talbert
First thought that came to my mind? “Holy expletives expletives!” I couldn’t believe how great it looked!
Photo Credit: Rhett Talbert
To see the sweater in person, come to Crafty Feast on December 13th. The admission is $3 and children 10 and under are free. I will be there as Sebastian Harper and bringing my good buddy Chris of Hippy Do Da Creations along with me. Fun will be had. Perhaps I will make some more sweaters with phrases on them. Taking suggestions. Keep it clean.