Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Summer Knits 5. Must there be two?

While it's definitely autumn now our Summer Knits are still progressing but I must admit I'm getting a little impatient with mine at the moment. It's an impatience that I'm sure that everyone who's ever knitted socks, gloves, mittens or a jumper can probably attest to.... I'm knitting the second sleeve! I really want to get working on the yoke, which is going to be by far the most interesting bit of the whole thing, but I can't until I have two sleeves. *Sighs*

We've got lots of driving and plenty of time sat chatting to people this weekend so hopefully I can plough on and get to the interesting bit soon. Fingers crossed, eh?



p.s. I know I talk about my summer knit much more frequently than Joe's. That's because he's a much busier person than I am, coupled with being a new knitter, and as such is making much slower progress. I'll show you how he's getting on when there's something to show. 

Previously: 4. Bust Shaping

12 comments:

  1. I am about to undo and restart a project that I began 25 years ago..... you're doing great!!

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    1. We have a few of those floating around too. I know from experience that if I leave a project unfinished it won't be picked up again for a decade, so I'm determined to finish this jumper before I move onto new ideas!

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  2. I always struggle with that second sleeve also. Once I did both at the same time but that seemed to take FOREVER so it was back to plodding along with one at a time. I have always wondered why sleeves-which are much fewer stitches than the body-are so painful to finish.

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    1. Certainly in this case (with the exception of some increases every 7 rows) there's nothing to be done but stocking stitch. Having them on dpn's is helping a bit though, a needleful of stitches is so quick that I keep doing "just one more" before I go to bed :)

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  3. I had a jumper sitting on the needles with only one sleeve knitted for years and years. In the end I lost (or more likely used up) the wool for the second sleeve and so fashioned it into a tank top and unravelled the sleeve I'd knitted. Needless to say, I never wore it. Much better when you need both sleeves before you can finish the yoke; at least there's the incentive of an interesting finish.

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    1. The jumper turned tank top does sound a little suspect I must admit ;) I've known from the word go that the last stage of this jumper was the bit I most wanted to knit which has been great for motivation.

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  4. I'm always the same when I'm knitting the second of something, it becomes boring and I want to move on to other things. Stick with it, it will be worth it in the end. You don't hear of many men knitting, though my dad can knit and used to make all my dolls clothes for me. My grandma, his mum, was a wonderful knitter and taught her three boys as well as her daughter to knit.

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    1. Joe sounds similar to your Dad, in that his Mum sews lots and taught Joe and his sisters equally about all sorts of different techniques. He's enjoyed crochet for a while but has recently taken up knitting as well.

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  5. Hi Jen,
    Having a go at commenting! You are doing well with this cardi, all the plain knitting is a bit boring, you need a few free evenings with a good film to watch at the same time. I am on the first sleeve of the Aran now, and am determined to finish it before Christmas!

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    1. Ooh well done, looks like you've cracked this commenting malarkey then. If you've done the front and the back already then I'm sure you'll have the sleeves sorted by Christmas, no problem!

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  6. Second Sock/Sleeve Syndrome. The only way I get round to it is by knitting both at once - I don't mean in any clever both-on-two-circulars kind of way, but a bit of one followed by a bit of the other until suddenly they're both finished at once! Ta da.

    That said, my favourite project and last big knit stalled at the sleeves two years ago. Maybe time I picked it up again!

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    1. Hi Philippa, thanks for stopping in. I can't decide whether I'd rather do both sleeves slowly, or each sleeve quickly but one at a time - I can see both being frustrating. Maybe next time I have enough needles to do both at once I'll give it a go and see :)

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