Monday Morning Project Report – Why did I ever think that sleeves would be faster?

This report is a quicky – as we are in holiday crunch time around here.  All of you knitters know this time, when you start looking at that gift list that you were going to fill by giving homemade gifts and you are now deciding who can get by with a purchase rather than that hat or sweater you have started (or not) but that probably won’t be done in time.

Yeah, I’m there too.

So is Jesse.

His teacher told him in September that she wanted him to make her a blue scarf, but Fall is a busy and fun time for him and he just did not feel like sitting down to knit until this week.  So here is what he finished so far.

We decided to make it an end of the year gift.

Now, there are some good parts of this project and rough parts.  The good part is that he learned how to do a long-tail cast on with this scarf.  The rough part is he realized that keeping track of a knit 2 purl 2 rib was kind of confusing for him.  I need to find him a stockinette pattern knit on straight needles so he can practice just doing rows of purls and rows of knit stitches to get the stitches set in his head and the work with the back and forth.  Switching the yarn from front to back just wasn’t clicking this time.

So he is making this scarf in a garter stitch – and he is quite happy about it.

Luckily for me the Chicago Bears game was broadcast on our station and I made the push and finished the first sleeve of Chip’s sweater while the game was on.  Okay – it took the Eagles/Giants game too but I finished it!!

I made two mistakes in the cables going up each side of the pattern – cabled back where I should have cabled front and vice versa on the other side.  Sigh.  As I learned when selling Oriental rugs, only Allah can be perfect so I guess I could say that the mistakes were intentional – but they weren’t and by the time I saw them it was too far to undo a number of cable rows back to correct.  Plus Chip knows my whole Allah theory so its okay.  🙂

What threw me a little was that I thought that the sleeves would go faster than the body sections – and they really didn’t.  The body pattern was 120 stitches across.  The sleeve widens to 96 stitches across on a slow decrease (over 17 inches) and then narrows again to 18 stitches.  The good news is that I have the Aran pattern completely memorized at this point so I did not have to take time to keep checking it – which sped things up some.  Still, it kinda backed up my project production, hence the Christmas gift dilemma.

Next I revisit Elaine’s Imagine Sweater and then Vash’s scarf.  I will skip the Java sock at this point.  Too many presents to finish.

Today I will chart out the Thanksgiving dinner preparation.  All of the ingredients were purchased yesterday and now I make my work charts so I know what is being made the next three days.  Today is pretty easy – just chart.  Tomorrow we start by baking breads after the boys get home from school.  They have Wednesday off, when the majority of the cooking and prep work gets done so that is good.  Friday’s blog will be a Thanksgiving one – without full recipe descriptions as that would take forever!!

Stay warm all.

About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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5 Responses to Monday Morning Project Report – Why did I ever think that sleeves would be faster?

  1. danielle says:

    Yep, I’m feeling the crunch too. Mamahinde’s gift got downgraded from socks to a hat. I can’t wait to see your thanksgiving feast post!

  2. pentalia says:

    You and Jesse are doing great on your knitting! Jesse’s scarf is going to look so good–I love the color blend in the yarn. And the sleeve you made is just… monumental!!

    • Shelly R. says:

      That was from my local yarn store’s $3.00 a skein sale – love those kind of sales. 🙂 It is a denimy blue with like a light lavendar – He’s so excited. The ridges in the garter stitch just have him tickled! I started Chip’s sweater in February. I’m hoping it will be done by next February. Sigh. One more sleeve to go, then the neckline and seaming. Getting there.

  3. Shelly R. says:

    Jesse is giving his teacher a strand of the yarn so she can see that he is working on it. WAIT TILL YOU SEE WHAT I SPUN SATURDAY!! It goes up tomorrow. I am very excited!!

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