Tuesday, February 19, 2008

there is no three

I promised myself that I would take a picture of my sweater the first day that it didn't rain. I'm sorry to say that I've kept this promise - we haven't had a single nice day since my last post, nearly a month ago. Even now, it's impossible to go outside without the wind blowing you away. I had to chase my knitting across the yard earlier, much to my neighbors' amusement.

I've gotten a lot done in the past month. I knit both of the sleeves, attached them to the body, and have knitted about an inch around since then. Another inch, and then I can start decreasing for the set-in sleeves. If you feel like doing this, instructions can be found in Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitting Workshop.

I did make one mistake. Can you see it? The sleeves are knitted on just slightly smaller needles than the body. I didn't discover this until I'd already attached the first sleeve to the body. As Louis Armstrong is reported to say, if you do it twice, it's not a mistake. So I used the same needles for the second sleeve. It's a small enough difference to not alter the width, and I've only lost about 1/2 an inch on the length. I suspect I'll be able to block most of that out.