Sleeves and I have a love-hate relationship. I love them because, well, they’re sleeves. They keep me warm. Sometimes they even keep my ears and nose warm if I create inventive sitting positions. I hate them because knitting them is the equivalent of trying to control a violently sprouting weed or possibly even a ravenous herd of goats. On this occasion, it’s the sleeves of my Minimalist Cardigan. The body went swimmingly. I even grafted the front borders at the back of the neck. But the sleeves? The first one was too big. Too big as in the cuff was certainly big enough for the two of us and possibly even Alb, too. A triple teapot cozy. A giraffe scarf. The second one was definitely the right size but – and that’s a noone-to-blame-but-myself-‘but’ – my increases were very odd. The result was a pretty sleeve with a tumor. Not even a tumor you could cover up. It was a very, my goodness, your arm is growing suddenly in a contrary direction type of tumor. I must stress that each of these attempts involved at least ten inches of moss stitch.
Anyway. Behold my goat.
It fits. It is almost the right length. And soon, all I will need to do is make another one…
There have been some distractions, of course. My Fountain Pen Shawl totally ran out of yarn. I ripped out the half border I had knit as well as a repeat of the main chart. I have now reknit half of the border and still… still…. do not have enough to finish. I am going to need to take out another two repeats of the main chart.
Still, when all is said and knit, there is nothing to take the sting out being thwarted at every stitch like the prospect of new projects! Hope springs anew! Check these guys out. First up there’s Liesl, an oldie but a goodie. Then there’s the Vine Yoke cardigan. This free Tokyo tshirt pattern has me very excited! And then there’s Girl Friday, for which I have a gorgeous smooshy sea-blue aran wool. Don’t get me started on Game Knitting! And possibly the best thing since sliced bread – or at the very least, Owls – Get Off My Cloud.
So little time… too… many… sleeves…
You think one sleeve is bad? Try these on for size.
Horrendous. The green is for a very simple henley top that I finished the body for about four months ago. Something got into my head that it would not only be a good idea, but a GREAT idea, to knit bottom up sleeves and then sew the cap in! Oh my God! Now I have one sleeve with a wonky cap and half a sleeve that doesn’t know whether it’s coming or going.
The blue is simple… 45cm of stocking stitch. And when I get to the end of that, it’ll be once more with feeling. The blue-green is also simple… 35cm of stocking stitch. The latter is Veronique which I should have finished off weeks ago but was tripped up by my own laziness. When the time came to provisionally cast on what was to become the front, I was watching or listening to something very exciting and I just made a cable cast on. Of course, if I had been paying attention I would have realised that when I later came to pick up that cast on to knit on the sleeves, this was going to cause me problems. After a few goes I managed to pick up my stitches without leaving holes – but now I have a lovely purl ridge, instead. I am hoping that I can tease this into shape. Why is it that three different garments started at three completely different times all end up needing sleeves at the exact same time?
Luckily there is mitten knitting to maintain my slowly-eroding sanity.
Isn’t it pretty? Every time I finish a butterfly, I look at it and imagine that our summer has been so glorious and so full of butterflies that I simply had to knit a pair of mittens to capture said glory. In truth it is filling the depressing deficit of butterflies and all sun-related creatures. At least the thumb and palm are tidy.
Speaking of weather, it has become very autumnal around here lately with daily highs now only up to about 15 or 17 degrees. Often we get very fine, settled weather this time of the year but so far it has been changeable and downright bad-tempered. I got my bike tuned up yesterday and was hoping to go for a spin today but so far, it doesn’t look promising. Maybe I will take my sleeves and go cycle on the spot at the gym. It’s definitely not the same but if I’m going to do a tedious activity, I might as well do two tedious activities at the same time. (Unrelated but I was very happy to see my local bike shop very busy yesterday – two guys bringing in bikes and another bringing in a wheel. If the recession can bring in more bike riding then it won’t be all bad!)