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Friday, June 06, 2008

Big Sleeves!

oblique sleeves2

I've clearly made a lot of headway on the Oblique Sleeves. According to the pattern, I'm about 1 inch away from starting the raglan shaping. According to my long arms, I'm a bit farther than that from starting the raglan shaping. Last night as I was knitting along, I hit that weird knitting black hole where I kept knitting and couldn't get anywhere - 10 rows and only half an inch. I have no logical explanation for this kind of event, but I know I'm not the only knitter who's had this happen, so instead of blaming a galactic conspiracy (it might be, I don't know) I just put the sleeves away early last night and let them sit in the knitting bag and think about what they'd done. Hopefully later today they will behave better after having the time out.

As I said the other day, this pattern really flows nicely. I had planned on charting the lace designs for this sweater but didn't feel like it before I got started so after slogging along through the first full repeat (a whopping 8 rows - I know, it wasn't too painful), I was able to read the knitting and just go for it without referring to the directions too much. (I did write down the row numbers for the increases so I wouldn't forget.) Yesterday I even talked on the phone while I knit and Stockinette Stitch is usually about all I'll attempt on the phone, but I didn't have any trouble with Oblique. I think this sweater would probably be a pretty good travel project for riding in the car.

Thanks for all the comments on Finn's first meme. His birthday is June 12, I think that's next Thursday but I don't have a calendar right here. I think he's planning on blogging on his birthday, but I also think he's planning on having meatballs for dinner on his birthday so clearly his sense of reality isn't quite there yet.



Blogger Cindy said...

I am glad I am not the only one who knows where the knitting black hole resides! Those sleeves look really nice.

9:26 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

I try to pretend the knitting black hole doesn't exist. To this end I do some creative measuring when in the midst of the black hole. (I switch where I'm measuring from, or I measure sideways, or I switch from inches to centimeters just to keep myself occupied.) It still doesn't work all that well.

11:09 AM  
Anonymous Bianca said...

Hello Melanie,

yes, you are right, Finns Birthday is then next Thursday.

The sleeves look really nice!

Kind regards,

2:10 PM  
Blogger Robyn said...

Is that what it's called? I never realized that. :) I have started Oblique but got sidetracked with the Central Park Hoodie. I am half way up the back. Your sleeves look great!

1:49 PM  
Blogger Knittripps said...

The knitting black hole does exist. It is a strange beast, that's for sure. Let us know if the time out strategy really works!

8:26 AM  

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