The Second Sleeve and Other Thrills
September 8, 2013
Oh jeez. What can I say. I have been away from here for far too long. I am well, I am knitting, the kids are back in school tomorrow, I am buying ever-lengthening pairs of men’s (men’s!) trousers and jeans at the Gap without managing to keep up, Day Job continues to keep me limber, and the Jewish Holidays are coming at us fast and furious.
OK, so: knitting.
Whitby’s front and back were finished by the end of June. The first sleeve took all of July and August, mostly because I wasn’t knitting on it very much. Then yesterday I got the idea that it would be fun to wear a gorgeous denim sweater to a handmade-everything get-together THIS WEEK, so I am spending every waking hour (by which I mean when I am not Instagramming or tweeting) trying to knit the second sleeve. This kind of ridiculous deadline (which won’t be met; I see that, Ann) is the only way I’ve ever found to actually knit a second sleeve. It’s a delusion, but it’s helpful.
Confession: despite my self-proclaimed status as Denim Maven, I have no idea what length the sleeves will be. It’s not just the denim and the shrinking. It’s the Very Eighties drop shoulder on this sweater. The sweater is 3/4 as wide as it is long. That puts the shoulder seam somewhere in the vicinity of my elbow. We will see. I love this sweater. I don’t care how long the sleeves are. Or how short. I can fix it, come what may.
That grellow stripe piece you see is my Official Subway Knitting, the cover wrap from Wear With All.
I got 5 of the 9 prescribed skeins of Isager’s Tvinny this past summer in Ulm, and now have laid in some more greys and blues and I’m off to the races on the third long stripe. It’s for a friend. The friend may be me.
This is a top I saw on Columbus Avenue this afternoon. I would like a drapey and/or floaty knitted fall/winter 2013 top with a split back like this. Just a little bit longer closed part at the top to obscure the Foundation Garment. Knitwear designers, please get on it.
Happy week, everybody!