- Five years into widowhood, after one year of incredible happiness and nearly 14 years of single blessedness. Have given up perfect manicures and pretty hands in order to resume playing the soprano recorder and to see if I can figure out how to play bluegrass banjo. Singing in the shower. Still really, *really* love to knit!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
That’s one, one little sleeve, bwa ha ha ha ha!
That is the picture I wanted to upload yesterday, when Blogger was not cooperating. This is where I was when I went to bed last night.
I know that it looks a little like a camisole and a shoulder strap, but if you click to embiggen, you will see the scraps of silk thread running through the armscye stitches on both the body and the sleeve. After I have created and joined the second sleeve, and worked a few rows of raglan shaping above that, I will Kitchener both underarm seams into submission.
I had the second sleeve cast on and a few rounds worked. But sleep overcame me, so I did my impression of a sensible adult and went to bed.
I am using EZ’s “percentage system”, as learned in The Sweater Workshop by Jacqueline Fee. And I am contemplating a cuff inspired by a blouse that I thought I could photograph for you, but which apparently left the building [like Elvis] in the last closet-thinning. Oh well, that’s why they make Paint.
[I am inordinately proud of this visual aid, created on four hours of sleep and before breakfast!] Click to embiggen, unless your eyes are ridiculously young.
Picture a tube of a sleeve, with a buttonhole going through both layers quite near the fold. To snug up the cuff, you simply fold the edge back and button the sleeve. What I am contemplating for the cuff of the sweater, since Cuprit cannot make a fist as a toddler would, is a loop coming out of the fold, reinforced with buttonhole stitch in matching silk thread, which would slip over a large glass bead sewn on where the button would go.
We’ll see if that works. I’ve already put nearly an inch on the sleeve since waking up this morning. But now I am heading back to bed to see if I can sneak in another hour of sleep before the alarm goes off at 5:00.