I’m pretty sure these sleeves are playing a joke on me. Check out how slanted they are: beatnik sleevesThis has happened to me before. I don’t know if it’s just the moss stitch, or because I knit continental, or what. My Minimalist Cardigan had the same issue with each piece, but straightened up with a nice wet block. But right now I feel like these sleeves are snickering at me.

I reworked the sleeve caps, decreasing every third row after the initial bind off rows, and I added about 4 extra rows after that. Then I finished the decreases as written. I held them next to the finished back piece and felt more satisfied that this thing would work out. I haven’t figured out yet why the front will be 2 inches shorter overall than the back, but I’m going to do it as written and see what happens. Many many many others have been successful with this sweater, so I’ll trust the design. beatnik sleeves-2

I resisted the urge to cast on for the adorable little fox hoodie and instead cast on for the front of the sweater yesterday. I wanted to push through the twisted ribbing at least, but I ended up getting through one repeat, with some weary hands by the end of the night. I watched a couple of episodes of Vera, a detective show on Hulu Plus that I recently learned about. It had a nice level of mystery, without the extreme amount of gore seen in some crime-related shows. Plus, I love the accents. It was the perfect backdrop for some fall sweater knitting.

This post happens to be my 300th post of the blog! As of October 20th I will have been blogging for 7 years. I was very sporadic in the beginning, but at some point it became more intrinsically rewarding and I got addicted. I really appreciate how many people regularly read and comment. I don’t always get a chance to respond to your wonderful comments and input as often as I’d like, but I love how blogging can feel like a conversation in that way. Writing this blog, reading others, and interacting with each other makes my knitting and social life rich and full. I adore the online community and connectedness formed through platforms like Ravelry, blogs, and podcasts. Thanks for being a part of it.


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