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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

A Tale of Two Sleevies

oblique sleeves

OK first of all, I must confess, I have no idea why I'm having so much fun with the word "sleevies" but I am. I started on Oblique and I decided to do something different. Since I like to knit both sleeves and both fronts at once and when I do I'm working from two different balls of yarn at once, which makes it either fiddly or twisty, which I hate, I decided to break it up this time. I usually start with the back of a sweater, which I cruise through, partly because it's only one ball of yarn at a time. Then I have to do sleeves and fronts and I'm working with two balls of yarn for the rest of the sweater until it's time to do edgings. This means that I slow waaaaaay down on the sleeves and fronts because of the twistiness and the fidgeting and it's just plain irritating.

For Oblique, I've decided to start with the sleeves, then reward myself with the back and finish up with the fronts. See? I've broken up the irritating parts. By the time I get to the fronts, I'll almost have sweater, and I won't have any way to convince myself that I can skip the fronts (you can skip the sleeves and have a vest, but if you skip the fronts, you get something not appropriate for this blog), so at that point it's just stupid not to plow straight through and finish. As you can see, I'm past the turned back cuff and have started on the patterning. I thought the patterning was going to be a pain, but after a few rows, it's pretty easy to read and it's not slowing me down. It's not as brainless as straight Moss Stitch, but it's easy enough that I can watch TV with it. I love the way this yarn (Andean Silk from Knit Picks in Cream) is working up in this design and so far, I haven't changed a thing on the pattern!



Blogger Cindy said...

Very nice! I am definitely going to have to try 2 sleeves at once on my next sweater. I don't know why I never thought of it?

9:43 AM  
Blogger Joan said...

I always start with the sleevies too because they are so boring.

Why do you like that word so much-- is it because of the joke? You know,

Q : "Where did Caesar keep his Armies?"

A : "In his sleevies."

10:11 AM  
Blogger Lynne E. said...

I love Joan's Caesar joke, but hope that you will retire "sleevies" soon. The Oblique sleeves are beautiful. Because I always knit two socks at a time, I applaud your two-at-a-time approach. Is there some reason why you don't knit the sleeves on separate needles, keeping them about the same length? (On separate needles, you don't have to fool with two balls of yarn.)

10:30 AM  
Blogger suska said...

My grandmother (born before the turn of the century -- LAST century) taught me to knit two sleeves at a time, so I never knew that there was any other way to do it. I tried it once and still have the pieces in a box because they didn't match -- not even in colour.

You can call your sleeves anything you wish. It's your blog and the joke, though old, is still funny.

Appreciate your blog. You've given me so many great ideas to try. Thanks

11:01 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

I'm a faithful but quiet reader. You're definitely inspiring me to try my first 'real' garment. That said, TAG! You're it. Visit my blog www.kvetchingup.blogspot.com and curse me for dragging you in. LOL

11:03 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

I love the thought of doing two sleeves at once, since the last time I knit a cardigan (and I did them separately) the sleeves ended up slightly different lengths and drove me nuts! We'll have to see how I like it in practice, though.

11:12 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

yours is looking great. I actually just finished mine over the weekend and cant take it off. I LOVE IT!! :) Yours will go faster tthen you think because the pattern is so easy it just flows right off tthe needles.

1:11 AM  
Blogger Jewel said...

Thanks for teaching me how to knit two sleeves at the same time. I decided to try it on my Central Park Hoodie and my sleeves are looking so good. Thanks!

8:55 AM  

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