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sleeve island

September 26, 2011

have you ever gotten stuck on sleeve island? i’m there right now, working on a couple of designs that i’ve been knitting concurrently for the past couple of weeks. i have a sort of cognitive dissonance about certain things in life – washing dishes from cooking dinner, brushing and flossing my teeth before bed, weaving in ends on sweaters – i always go into the undesirable activity thinking it will last FOREVER and be incredibly boring, and it ends up taking less than five minutes, after which i feel great about myself for accomplishing something. i am starting to realize that my thinking pattern about sleeves is in a similar vein to this.

sleeve island

i always put sleeves off, both due to the fact that i think knitting them will only take like an hour and a half, and that i hate calculating armscyes (although i do love using french roast design’s armscye calculator as a good starting point). when i get down to it, the actual knitting takes about three times as long as i think it will, while the calculating takes half. and so, i’m still in the middle of my fourth (non full-length, even!) sleeve since last thursday. oops. hopefully these will all be finished this week and i’ll have something nice to show for it soon!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 27, 2011 2.44pm

    I’m the same about sleeves! There are always the last part of a jumper pattern that I knit up, and after ages on the front and back, I think sleeves will zoom by – and I am always wrong. Plus, there are *two*. Yuck.

    I hope your sleeve session is fruitful!

    • fuchsia permalink*
      September 27, 2011 2.59pm

      thanks for the encouragement! i have knit about 4″ of the last remaining sleeve since this photo was taken; i still have the whole sleeve cap, though. you know it’s bad when seaming reverse stockinette is the light at the end of your tunnel! yuck, indeed.

  2. September 29, 2011 3.04am

    I am on sleeve island right now. It was my own fault though. It took me a week to decide if I was going to have a hooded vest or sweater. I went with sweater and have another sleeve to go.

    Good luck on finishing your sweater!

    • fuchsia permalink*
      September 29, 2011 9.48am

      Ooh, a self-imposed marooning, that’s the worst! I got my last sleeve knit on Tuesday night, so now I just need to be in one place long enough to seam them in! I think tomorrow is the day.

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