Thursday, April 15, 2010

the continuation of sleeves...

Sleeves are not interesting. The problem of blogging about a sweater is that once you get to the sleeves, it's boring. Especially the second sleeve, and I'm not even there yet! I'll have to come up with filler to keep my 6 or 7 readers interested through the sleeves.

However, these sleeves are cool. It's the first time I've done a set in sleeve this way, and it won't be the last. I love the fact that they are knit from the top town, with no seaming. The short rowing is brilliant, and it just flows nicely without a potentially wonky seam. Also, adding the sleeve has changed the silhouette of the sweater a bit, making look more like something I would wear.

Once the sleeves are done, I just have to knit the front button bands (two really small ones in the short V area), and pick up and knit around the neckline. Then I'll have a nice wool sweater n time for summer... Oh well. Considering wool is my first choice of fibre, I guess this is going to happen. As much as I love my cotton/viscose cardigan, It's not my favourite fibre to knit with - I prefer the elasticity of wool. Next up after this Rowan one, will be Elizabeth Zimmerman's Green Sweater, only Red. Once I get the remaining 5 skeins of Red yarn from Briggs and Little. But that's a post for another day...

6 comments:

Linda said...

I love to knit my sleeves in that fashion. I designed a sweater for DH (in cotton - this is the last cotton sweater for him) and I knitted the sleeves that way - top down with short row sleeve caps. It's wonderful!

Anonymous said...

I love the way it looks. But knitting them that way scares me....

KnitTech said...

The sleeves do look interesting. You're on the home stretch.

Brenda said...

It's amazing what knitters are interested in. Generally, not anything that is cocktail party conversation worthy. But the top down sleeves intrigue me.

Liz said...

thanks for posting your progress with this sweater - I am enjoying your running commentary, and the discoveries that you are making as you move on to the next step. Once I see the finished sweater on you, I'll have a better idea if it would work for my body type - that's another thing I like about your blog, and work = you freely share the end results as you wear it, so it's easy to see how it fits a real person

AlisonH said...

I actually have a sweater in undyed handspun in about that color with sleeves I knitted that way, early on in my knitting career, with no instructions, just going for it--I had no idea what short rows were. So this is quite interesting; it's so familiar! You're doing it better than I did, though mine came out okay.