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  • January 02, 2023 3 min read 5 Comments

    We’ve been doing inventory, which is kind of a pain, but also kind of fun.  It’s kind of like couples therapy where you see the yarn again and remember why you ordered it in the first place.  I end up falling in love with it all over again.  I want to knit it ALL.  

    I've had my eye on several sweaters that I've wanted to knit. There are about 10 sweaters and a two shawls on my short list.  To keep myself from getting overwhelmed, I’ve limited myself to only those things I want to knit right now. This season.  Which is the next three months.  I got my list down to 5 sweaters and a shawl between January 10 (which is my goal for finishing the Stockholm Sweater) and March 20th.  

    Do you want to know what’s on my list?  I’ll share it with you. On the podcast this week, I’ll go over the patterns, share my swatches, and tell you what it is I love about each garment.  

    A Cocoknits Method Sweater

    First is Emma, Version C by Julie Weisenberber.  This sweater is a Cocoknits design, and I'm teaching this class via zoom, so I will be making it along with the students. If you’re interested, this class starts Saturday, January 14th, and you can register here.  Obviously this one is a definite on my list.  I”ll be using Noro Tsuido, a beautiful chunky tweed.  

    I've made many Emma Sweaters, but never the cardigan, and I'm in love with Noro Tsuido, so I’m anxious to make this.  

    PetiteKnit Wednesday Sweater

    Next, I'm loving Petite Knits these days - especially those with the dropped shoulder construction, like my Stockholm Sweater. A lovely light dk fabric, but slow going, so I’m excited by the look of her Wednesday Sweater

    PetiteKnit Wednesday sweater in cream with turtleneck


    I have a new yarn I want to share with you that I’ll be swatching for this sweater, so stay tuned.  I promise you’ll love it.  

    Moosonee in Rowan Big Big Wool 

    Ever since I saw Whitney’s Moosone pullover, I’ve wanted to make one. The instant gratification of this is really so tempting.  And there is Rowan Big Big Wool in the most amazing shade of  Ballet pink, I mean, come on.  How can I not???

    Whitney in blue Moosonee super bulky sweater with turtleneck


    The Oxbow Cardigan

    I’m not the hugest fan of Andrea Mowry, but I do really like the Oxbow Cardigan, and have ever since she first introduced it more than 5 years ago. A chunky cardigan in a fun stitch pattern, I am thinking this will be a beautiful spring sweater in a bright fun color.

    gray oxbow cardigan on designer Andrea Mowry

    I loved the fabric I got with Juniper Moon Santa Cruz plus Kidsilk Haze, so that's what I'm planning for the Oxbow.  It will be cozy, light, and super soft.  

    Breton Sweater

    Everyone needs a classic Breton sweater in their wardrobe.  I’ve been looking and this one from Quail Studio has really captured my imaginations.  It’s an especially updated version that looks just like several I’ve seen in stores.

    white and blue striped breton sweater with split hem and turtle neck


     Like this one. It's huge, but so chic.  I just love it.  

    I think it will be gorgeous in the Alpaca Soft DK, and so luxurious right next to the skin.  It would be utterly amazing in pure cashmere too.  Oh my goodness…

    And last but not least, I’ve committed to re-working a pattern for a large shawl in Felted Tweed Colour and Kidsilk Haze.  We’ll be kitting it up and showcasing it in the fashion show at VK Live in February, so that’s a definite too.  

    What do you think? Which are your favorites? Do you have a plan for winter 2023?  Let me know in the comments.  



    5 Responses


    January 07, 2023

    I am so pleased to have found you, l just wish l could visit your shop,you are so knologable about knitting,l have been knitting for many years but l have watched your videos and you explain things l did not know any thing about.
    I watched your trunk show,it was good to see the garments being wore,l have ended up making three of them,so have you done one on the abstract book from rowan.?
    I watched your last video what you are going to knit,you showed the duchess shawl but did not give the name of the colours you were useing please. I love felted tweed how would you recommend washing it,can l put it in the washing machine? Also you talked about numbers with wool l only know it has ply,so what do they mean.
    So please keep up the good work with you videos l look forward to t,hem every week,and am washing some of the old ones.
    Take care Happy new Year
    I look forward to hearing from you


    January 04, 2023

    I will be moving this spring, so going to focus on the projects I have already started. Very excited about my reindeer in spring sweater. I have to decide whether to switch to lice for the bottom section, or keep on with the St. Andrew’s Cross and flower pattern. Will need the warm sweaters, hats and socks next fall, and I do not like to knit wool sweaters in the summer.


    January 03, 2023

    Oh Ellen I want to make all of them! I ask myself is this doable? Yes with some self discipline! Love all your choices!!

    Gwen Lemoine
    Gwen Lemoine

    January 03, 2023

    Oh Ellen I want to make all of them! I ask myself is this doable? Yes with some self discipline! Love all your choices!!


    January 03, 2023

    That is a fabulous selection of sweaters. I love turtlenecks. That Breton sweater is amazing. I didn’t think I would ever want to knit a striped sweater. Mind changed.

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