This week I managed to get a lot done. I finished up an exterior painting job, some deck weatherizing, got some amazing buttons for my Carter Cardigan (hopefully I will be ready to share those with you next week!), wrapped up another month of the Merry KAL and kicked off another, got my kids to the dentist, and a whole laundry list of other odds & ends. It all wrapped up with a post-bedtime scurry to the basement when a tornadic storm blew through town last night. Luckily we only saw some high winds and heavy rain, but it was disruptive nonetheless to an otherwise quiet night. I tell you, never a dull moment here.
In between all the stuff of life, I have managed to get some work done on my Deco by Kate Davies. I kicked off the week tackling the aspect of this sweater I was most intrigued by — the short row sleeve cap. While it took me a good long while to wrap my head around this maneuver, I have to say that now that I’ve got going I’m really impressed. Once I got the gist, it was actually really fun to work. More importantly, the fit is phenomenal. Having spent my early years in & out of wheelchairs, crutches, canes, and pretty much resigning myself to the fact that my arms were going to take me farther than my legs ever would, I have some pretty large upper arms. While swimming has trimmed nearly 2″ off each arm circumference (so long excess arm meat, hello toned upper arms — whew-hoo!), they are still muscle-ier than the average ladies’ arm. It’s something I always check on sweater schematics and check rigorously during each knit. This sleeve cap has a great shape though & is really very comfortable for me. I think the great fit has more to do with shape than size, so it’s not that someone without my mammoth arms would not be comfortable. On the contrary, I think it simply has a fantastic shape.
The short rows use Carol Sunday’s method — according to the pattern this is like a Japanese short row. Oh. My. Goodness. This was a first for me with this technique & I LOVE it. Previously I had used the wrap & turn method for short rows usually, but I think Carol Sunday’s method is much cleaner & easier. Having taught wrap & turns many times, I would hands down rather teach this one. True, there is a learning curve involved, but once you get going… it is so simple. That paired with the neatness of the appearance, it’s just a win-win.
I have been in the habit of knitting my sweater sleeves two-at-a-time, so it is kind of daunting to know that I have a whole other sleeve to knit up when this one is done. BUT I do have the novelty of the short row sleeve cap to knit again. I am hoping that lessens the blow a bit. And then all that is left are the bands — so only a hop, kip & a jump to wearing this sweater. I love this moment in knitting a sweater — when you can see that it is going to get done, that it is going to fit well, that all the hours of work are going to grant me a beautiful new garment. The anticipation is the only problem… Oh, I just can’t wait!