4 thoughts on “Today on my needles…”

  1. My mum always did her sleeves together (my aunts too, I think) and Mum at least (not sure about the aunts) always did the sleeves before the body, because she reckoned that way she had the most boring bit out of the way first! Sensible enough. (It’s also possible she might have been using the sleeves as an IRL swatch.)

    That habit came back to bite her once that I recall because she didn’t finish the jumper she was making quite as quickly as she’d hoped and when she picked it up again, couldn’t find the sleeves. Much to her chagrin, she had to knit them again, but the yarn was by then discontinued and she couldn’t find a close colour, so went for an obvious contrast in the nearest possible weight/mix she could.

    The jumper was for me. Being several years ahead of the fashion with contrasting sleeves wasn’t entirely my idea of life but, hey, you know, I loved it anyway and wore that jumper till I could wear it no more, then I gifted it to a friend whom it fitted and who looked great in it (similar colouring).

    PS: The sleeves did turn up among her knitting things after she died. I unpicked them and used the yarn for other things. 🙂

    1. What a story! I had a knitter in a sweater workshop I taught lose a sleeve once – it was both awful and kind of funny!

      While I usually leave sleeves for last, I almost always work them at the same time. Like with socks I have a love-hate relationship with the technique. Love because they are both done and match perfectly. Hate because it makes a slow process feel slower. In the end, matching sleeves usually wins out, especially in this case where I was lengthening the sleeves & using as much of my yarn as I could. 🙂

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