I am in sleeve purgatory.
When I knit sweaters, I usually choose sleeveless or cap-sleeve patterns. In part, because I’m at a time in my life where I frequently overheat and the thought of wearing wool on my arms makes me immediately start to sweat.
But also because knitting sleeves just isn’t any fun.
They’re longer than the body of the sweater. There’s very little interesting shaping to be done. And when you knit top-down (my favourite construction technique because it saves one from having to seam the pieces together later), sooner or later there won’t be enough stitches on your needles to allow for knitting with a single, circular needle. (Yes, I’ve tried those itty bitty circulars. There’s so little needle on them that my fingers cramp up before I’ve managed even half an inch of knitting.)
While I love my double points for socks, knitting sleeves with them is torturous. What with the entire body of the sweater having to be whipped round and round ever other row and the sleeve itself never seeming to grow despite the hours spent in knitting it.
And to top it all off, there are two of them. Two sleeves that need to be exactly the same length, turning otherwise mindless television knitting into a constant attempt to remember which row you’re on. (Does your family like to yell random numbers at you when they know you’re counting stitches or rows?)
You can tell how much I hate knitting sleeves just by looking at my next planned project. Look ma, no sleeves!
Of course, the excitement of starting something new is probably distorting my view of how long I’ve been knitting these sleeves.
Because, of course, time is relative when you’re knitting sleeves…