Monday, October 16, 2006

the home stretch

mystery sleeve
Originally uploaded by Needleworks, Inc..

I seriously can't believe how long I've been knitting this sweater. This is probably the longest it has taken me to knit anything! No kidding.

I haven't had much to blog about because I've mainly been slaving away at this little baby. I finished one sleeve on Friday night and sewed the buttons on yesterday so I could see what it was going to look like. I didn't want to do both sleeves and then realize that I hated it.

But, look! It's cute! I'm so happy! I knit the sleeve as I did the body to about the elbow and then did one round of decreases, every other stitch. Then I switched to the size 3 needle I was using for the ribbing on the body and knit away in a 3x3 rib. The result is a slightly pufffy cap with a very tight sleeve. Super cute!

I knit the sleeves using two circular needles and I have to say that I kind of liked it. It's the first time I've used this method on a item that wasn't a sock and I think it worked really well. Because of the construction of the garment, it's very unwieldy and didn't want to deal with double pointed needles.

Now I know not everyone goes in for the 2 circular needle deal, but if you are crazy enough (ahem) to have multiple needles laying around, you should go for it. I feel like it made this particular garment a lot more portable.

Now, I just have to finish the second sleeve! Hopefully we will have a photo shoot next weekend.


gleek said...

i almost never use DPNs anymore. i've used either two circular needles or magic loop for everything including sleeves! so much easier.

Lisa said...

Can't wait to see what the mystery ends up being!! Love the look of it from the little glimpses you've given us!

Stacey said...

Very Cute! Can't wait to see the finished product!

bekka said...

very intriguing. love those buttons and the perspective/camera angle. can't wait to see it completed.

Jessica said...

That is going to be one cute sweater! Mmm, pink cashmere, what luxury!
I'm a magic looper myself, but I agree--down with dpns! Tho' they are useful for i-cord.

Macoco said...

Love the buttons! I'm a 2-circular gal myself and really like it. I've tried DPN's over and over again, but it just wasn't for me.