Hand Quilting Progress

Just… stitching away…

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I have found it convenient to corral my thread lube, thimble and thread into this little ashtray–I’m much less likely to drop something. And the thread snips are a new tool which are well worth the $3.29 impulse buy.



Sleeves, and a Mystery

When I bookmarked this Chic Knits blog post, I re-titled it “Sleeve Genius.”

I was in need of a sleeve-related kick in the pants: I have two (two!) almost-finished sweaters that just need sleeves and final touches. Also, it snowed again earlier in the week–yes, snow in April! Thanks, Yukon!–which was another hint that sweaters are still seasonally relevant here. So: sleeves on sweaters happening now.

It’s not that the Chic Knits advice is particularly ground breaking. It really just boils down to two things: get comfortable and use stitch markers. But it was some much-needed inspiration.


(Please ignore the mural behind the futon. I rent. There is nothing I can do but bleed from the eyes.)

I settled in with some classics (The X-Files and Fringe) and tackled my Narragansett first. I added one thing to the Chic Knits advice, which was to work both sleeves at the same time. I think one of the reasons I hate doing sleeves is the whole they-have-to-be-the-same thing, so working them both at the same time was an easy way to avoid lots of counting and re-checking and trying to remember what I did on the first time around.

I was feeling great about progress on the sleeves. Things were going swimmingly and I was so sure this sweater would be done and on my body in no time. And then I noticed something funny about the body of the sweater.



The collar of the seater was cast on and knit in a 1 x 1 twisted rib pattern. The bottom hem is knit and cast off in a 2 x 2 rib. Huh? I can’t remember if this was a deliberate move–if I cast off the body not in pattern because I hate working 1 x 1 twisted rib. Or did I just screw it up? I’m just not sure.

I have decided to cast off the sleeves in the correct 1 x 1 twisted rib, and if that amount of 1 x 1 twisted rib doesn’t make me want to die, then I’ll frog the bottom and finish the sweater properly.