I didn’t do much on my sweater today, and there are two very good reasons for that.
Before I get into it, though, I want to tell you what I did accomplish on my sweater. I moved all of my stitches (nearly 300 of them, by the way!) off the needles in preparation of starting the sleeves.
Obviously, there’s no stitch holder out there that could accommodate that many stitches, so all of them got moved onto a bit of extra yarn I had lying around. All of them, of course, except the stitches for my right sleeve. Because of those sleeve stitches, actually, I had to move the stitches onto two separate pieces of yarn – one now has all of my lefts side and back stitches, and one much smaller section is made up of my right front and collar pieces.
So, I moved the all my stitches around, why didn’t I just cast on the sleeve and get going on it?
Well, first of all, I mentioned before that I’m working on another big project right now – a blanket for my mom for Christmas. And I got super behind on it.
I want to have the blanket done by the end of this month, because I have a couple other projects that I need to finish up by Christmas as well. One is just a hat for my dad, which should only take a couple days, but the other is quite a big project (that I can’t talk about here because the receiver reads these blogs), and I don’t have much of an ETA on how long it’ll take, so I need to make sure I have plenty of time.
(This looks so close to being done, but actually I have another 4 repeats of the snowflake pattern to go, so I’m only about 2/3 done)
Anyway, I worked on that blanket all day yesterday, trying to catch up on my self-imposed row count for every day.
But the second, much more significant reason that I didn’t work on the sleeves, is that I didn’t have the right needles.
Can’t exactly knit a sleeve in the round on a 30in circular needle…
Technically, the pattern does call for the sleeves to be knit flat and seamed, but it also includes instructions for how to do it in the round. I do not like seams, and I try to reduce them as much as possible on any of the garments that I wear. I won’t get into it too much, but this is part of my anxiety disorder, which is very much tied to tactile sensations for me.
Needless to say, I decided to go for sleeves in the round. So I’ll just have to make sure that I have my double pointed needles tomorrow, and try to get oodles of progress done on them (while not neglecting my blanket this time).