Knitting for Saint Paul Cozy

A few weeks ago a group called Saint Paul Cozy put out a call on Ravelry for Minnesota knitters and other fiber artists to create cozies for 158 lampposts in Saint Paul. Well, you know I couldn’t resist. After doing the giant backdrop for the State Fair in a week, I figured this would be a snap.

I knew I wanted it to be fair isle like a giant sweater and have a few Minnesota themed things in it. My post is five feet tall and about about halfway done.

I’m using Caron One Pound doubled on size 9US needles. I can get about six inches knit in an evening which is pretty good! I probably could have used a bigger needle, but didn’t want any peek-through at all. I can tell you guys, this thing weights a ton compared to my regular knitting.

I decided the easiest thing to do would be knit it in the round and steek it, even though I’ve never steeked before. I wanted to steek with my sewing machine, but failed to think about the fact I can’t just run a five foot tube through my machine like that! Also the thickness is a little tricky. I can do a few inches at a time, so that might just have to work. Luckily, the steek does not have to be pretty!

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