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  • Kay, 4 inches is quite a lot. I think I would have tried, if at all possible, to undo the sleeve seams, unravel the sleeve caps and sleeves until you get the right length, then reknit the sleeve caps. It`s a shame to ruin the lovely flowers. Sounds like a lot of work, but I think it`ll be easier than chopping anything.

  • I think you should try to graft. It seems feasible, and those darling flowers just have to be preserved, don’t they?
    Regularly enjoy the blog!

  • Y’all–Kay is asking about sleeve amputation because she knows that I have taken scissors to sleeve in a desperate attempt to fix a Deco (Rowan 29) sweater that had gone sadly awry.
    It ended up a Good News/Bad News project: yes, the sleeves were shorter by a good five inches. No, the sleeves didn’t really look like healthy, normal sleeves. Now that I am older and wiser, I see that whacking off cuffs is not really the road to truth and justice. I’d show you a picture, but I don’t really want to go there right now.
    Sissel’s idea sounds brilliant to me: you’d get all the fun of major sweater surgery with the possibility that it might actually turn out well. And you’d save all those cute little flowers. Go for it, I say. If you keep considering the cuff-whackin’ solution, I will be forced to post a picture of what happens When Sleeves Go Wild.

  • Kay: I had to redo sweater sleeves for my sister in law, whose gazelle-like legs meant that sweater sleeves needed to be a full 3″ longer than the already generous Scandinavian length of the Drops pattern I was using. Sissel is right, pull out the sleeve cap down to the part where you are done with the increases and knitting straight and add your length there. But make Kathy try it on pinned together before you sew — lengths have a funny way of moving around on you.
    By the way, I love Colorful Stitches. About 8 years ago I took a class from Brandon Mably and Kaffe Fassett (really!) that they sponsored and a close second to being in the presence of the masters was several hours spent in that gorgeous store, piling up armfuls of yarn….

  • Ohh, so pretty! My friend Liz made winter flowers, and in full flower! I have made her promise if she ever meets her end before I, that I can have it.
    I was going to suggest what Sissel did too. See how much I learn hanging around all these Rowanettes!? Get rippin!
    Ps–do advise us all if you and Ann actually speak on the phone!

  • I’m sure you all realize that this is NOT the advice I was looking for. Un-seaming the seams? Felted Tweed seams? (Surely I seamed them in cotton, no? Please, please, let me have seamed them in a contrasting color!!!)
    Back in my actual job days, we used to accuse subordinates of ‘opinion shopping’, i.e., going from one supervisor to the next until they got the answer they liked.
    Pro-chopping supervisors, please make yourselves heard.
    I may just have to break it to Kathy that her petite arm length disqualifies her from Winter Flower. I’ve got long-armed friends, too, ya know.
    xox, Kay

  • WWCD? What WOULD Carson do? The Queer Eye solution is to jooge ’em: “Sleeves look better pushed back a little.”
    So jooge ’em a LOT and be done with it. And remember, there are any number of Rowan models wearing sleeves that cover their knuckles, not the least of which is Olive.

  • as a woman who shops in the petite department, you know, bigbone gal petites that is, i understand why sil kathy would want the sleeves to be shorter. but as a knitter, and a friend, i think that you should a) tell her to wear the sweater as is, ala jennifer love hewitt in “party of five.” believe it or not, that non-big bone gal caused quite a stir with her sweaters grazing over her knuckes; b) tell her to wear the sweater with the offending four inches of sleeve slightly scrunched up below the elbow like the rest of us who have sleeves longer than our arms; or c) give the sweater to me and i will gladly exercise either option a or b.
    kay, you worked too long and too hard on this sweater to chop it up, or experiment with sleeve shortening on it. do it with that sweater that you made diana or something ugly in your closet, but not aunt ruth’s sweater. you made it for aunt ruth and whoever gets it should enjoy it in its original form. just mho.

  • Kay that sweater is beautiful. I love Felted Tweed so much.
    *I* have quite long arms.
    But if you decide not to send it to me, I agree first with Lis that the sweater you made is perfect and should not be altered but given to a worthy friend who fits it, and second with Sissel & co. that if you do alter it, it should be from the top down (sorry).
    It’s true that a majority of the Rowan models wear their sleeves very long (witness the back cover of Rowan 34).
    There is also the Procrustean option of altering your sister-in-law. I mean, there HAS been quite a lot of talk on this blog about personal renovation.

  • Don’t touch it !
    I agree with Lis.It’s a work of art and as such should not be touched.It should be worn as it is.
    You made it for Aunt Ruth.She loved it and wore it.Keep it as she wore it to honour her memory.
    Your SIL needs to understand that as it’s lovingly,painstakingly handknitted it can’t be simply altered to fit,as one might have a shop bought blouse altered.
    So there !!!

  • Aara,
    I think you made Ann’s week by using the word Procrustean.
    Gotta run, sister-in-law is in traction. Don’t want her arms to get TOO long.
    I am taking to heart all of this sage advice along the lines of ‘don’t touch those sleeves’. Woo-hoo: successful supervisor shopping!!!! That is the answer I wanted, all along, and just didn’t know it.
    Procrusteanly (and procrasteanly) yours, xox Kay

  • and in other non-chopping, non-ripping, or non-procrustean comments, the hammy photo CRACKED me up. hamster peak-a-boo. love it. my question is this, now that he no longer shrieks when the family looks at him, did he freak out to be photographed? this hamster-whisperer wants to know!!

  • I hope Kathy’s procrustectomy has been successful.What a delightful discussion.Thank you all, or you-all.

  • Thank you for saying Winter Flowers was a challenge; without that it would go on my “must-knit” list. Now it will just be a lingering obsession…until I knit it.

  • Oh, Donna—Don’t be deterred from knitting Winter Flower by my griping, which is part of my ‘process’. It’s not difficult, just a lot of tedious squinting at the pattern, and fussing a bit with the very fine, lightweight DK Soft, to do the flowers. My solution of reducing the number of flowers was wimpy, but I got 2 beautiful striped ‘Squiffy’ scarves (the pattern is in Pipsqueaks) with the leftover DK Soft, and I think my version, while different, conveys a similar delicate, muted feeling to the full-blown photo in Rowan 28. With the added bonus that I finished it. In my version there’s plenty of clear-sailing on stocking stitch in Felted Tweed (whenever I got to the St St chunks, the theme song from ‘Bonanza’ would start up in my head, as it truly seemed like galloping after the intarsia), and the shape of the sweater is simple as can be. Go for it. xox Kay

  • Kinda late to the dance, methinks, but I’m with Lis, Emma, Aara, et al…..keep the lovely sweater intact as is to honor Aunt Ruth as she wore and loved it. Intoduce you SIL to the “jooge” as Ann (and Carson) recommend or let her wear it a la Dawson’s Creek but chop not, Kay. (even top down there is too much potential oops factor) Just say no, Kay. BTW, it is quite beatiful and very pastoral with your artistic smattering of posies!