The Oozma Kappa Sweater

I’ve been super pumped about Monsters University since I heard it was coming out.  Monsters Inc. was my favorite Pixar film until Up came along, and I’ve always wanted a sequel.  I’m perfectly content settling for a prequel, and I finally got to see the film, at a drive-in double feature no less!  I had to sit through Despicable Me 2 first (I must admit, I’m not a big fan of Despicable Me, I don’t know why…I feel like I should like it, it’s got the cute factor going on, and the silly factor, but it’s missing something I can’t quite put my finger on).  But I had a HUGE smile on my face from the second Monsters U started, and it did not go away the whole movie.  If you love Monsters Inc. and just want to spend a little more time in that world, go see it RIGHT NOW.

If you’ve seen the movie and you’re a knitter, you probably honed in on the Oozma Kappa sweater. I know I did.

I saw it and became obsessed with knitting it.  I kept poking my little sister, who couldn’t care less about knitting, as the movie carried on:  “LOOK AT THAT AWESOME SWEATER!!!!  I MUST MAKE ONE!!!”  (Side note:  One benefit of seeing a movie at a drive-in theater is that you don’t have to be quiet.  I took full advantage of this.)

I think what most compelled me about the sweater (aside from the fact that I adore this franchise) is how simple it is.  I love the colors, I love the lettering, I love the simple stripes…I just LOVE IT.  And I could not get the project out of my head, which means I have to do it.

I don’t have a huge budget for yarn right now, so I went to Wal*Mart.  Normally, I’m kind of a snob about knitting something you’ll actually wear out of yarn from Wal*Mart, but this is for me and it’s just for fun, and I don’t have the money to be more snobby.  My first thought was Simply Soft, because it’s cheap and you get a lot of it and it’s pretty decent for sweatering, but then I saw that the Hometown USA came in the PERFECT color.  It’s a super bulky yarn, but I’m kind of obsessed with it right now (I’ve been making all of my crochet food with faces out of it), so I snatched up a few skeins of it in Monterey Lime.

I finished up a sleeve tonight, but I’m probably going to redo the sleeve cap because I hate the shaping of it right now.  It needs more curve, right now it sort of ends at an abrupt point:

I’m extremely excited in a very nerdy way about this sweater.  Probably I will come up with a pattern for Ravelry maybe.  I’m just sort of eyeballing the sizing rather than taking any measurements because I’m super lazy, I’m not even sure what size I’m making right now, and redoing patterns for sizing is a bitch, so WE’LL SEE.  I would like to probably redo it in smaller yarn if I have magic money fall out of the sky and land on my lap.