Sounds like a real place, doesn’t it? Sleeveland.
As i built up to the dreaded sleeves of my Coraline cardigan, I imagined weeks and weeks of fine gauge knitting. I’ve just spent what felt like months on the body and the sleeves were looming ahead of me like enormous mountains to climb. Round and round, I imagined myself in an agony of painfully slow sleeve formation.
Then, I as hit the elbow after just three days, I decided a reality check was in order. I mean, really.
I routinely knit plain socks at a much finer gauge than this. I knit plain socks on tiny needles and think almost nothing of it. These sleeves are knit on 3.5mm needles, in 5ply Rowan Felted Tweed. Ok, so compared to say, a jumper knit in Cascade 220, this is fine, but really, when you look at something made in laceweight or, as mentioned, fine gauge socks, this should be a doddle.
Perhaps it’s just that there are two of them, I thought.
But again, I knit two socks all the time and just do it because, well, unless you’re knitting for someone with a foot missing, it’s just what you do.
So I’m just going to pull my head in and get on with it. We’re in the midst of a fairly grey, wet week with evenings spent hunkered down with red wine and pasta, or at least that’s the picture in our house tonight. Just the sort of night that’s good for tv knitting and if a stocking stitch sleeve isn’t good for tv knitting, what is? This is me practicing monogamy. It’s good for the soul, once in a while, and is delaying the inevitable tricky bit of joining the sleeves and knitting the as yet unfamiliar smocking that is the yoke part of Coraline.
ps thanks, as always, for all the comments about how gorgeous Alice looked in her new cardigan. I know her parents love reading about how beautiful she is. They know it, obviously, but I’m sure it’s gratifying to read that she’s got fans out there in blogland.