A one sleeve wonder
Well, as you can see from the picture above I finished the body of Wicked and am partway down one sleeve. I have 271 yarn ends to weave in at some point which you can see hanging out of the sweater. I tried working the sleeve on two circular needles as the pattern says, but my dislike of circulars changed my mind after two rounds and I got out my DPN's. I figure if it's good enough for socks, it's good enough for sleeves. I've got to double check, but I don't think there's any shaping on the sleeves which will make them look slightly belled, but hopefully not be so big as to get in the way. I love the way bell sleeves look, but for practical use they are sometimes more trouble than they are worth. You can't cook in them (Holy Flaming Sweater, Batman), they don't always feel good in a coat, but they do look dramatic when you stand in a forest with elves. I'm hoping that Wicked will be wearable for the more day to day activities of my life, but also be ready to fill in for those impromptu elf social events that always throw us for a loop. A woman's wardrobe has to be ready for anything these days!