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June 20, 2004

Sleeve Hell

I just read Amber's post about being in sleeve hell. There's nothing quite so monotonous as knitting the sleeves of a beautiful sweater, after spending weeks on the body.

I once read a suggestion from Elizabeth Zimmermann regarding sleeve hell. She suggested keeping the body of your sweater near your knitting chair or sofa, wherever you most enjoy knitting. Then keeping sleeves on needles in other places at the same time.

I did this once. One sleeve lived in a little basket on my kitchen table for when I had to stay near the stove. The other lived in my car for when I had to wait in line or in traffic. The body and both sleeves were finished at nearly the same time.

Unfortunately, the Tomten sleeves are knitted on to the body, from shoulder to cuff. So I will have to spend some time, at a minimum, in sleeve purgatory.

It's ok though. The Tomten is completely Garter Stitch. I've already knit almost 7 inches, up from the bottom!

I hope your Father's Day is spent with those you love the best!

Posted by Angi at June 20, 2004 02:24 AM


I always knit both sleeves at the same time. (Same w/ socks and mittens) Work to the first shaping steps, then work on the other sleeve to the same point. Sort of tag teaming it....Then when I'm done, the sweater is DONE! (and the 2 items match!..what a concept!)

Posted by: Valerie at June 20, 2004 02:41 PM

Thanks for the tip. The kiddos limit my daytime knitting so I pretty much only knit after they go to bed-this prolongs any type of knitting hell I might be residing in, sleeve or otherwise.
I was just looking at the Tomten and thinking it would make a lovely jacket for Natalie this Fall/Winter. Kismet.

Posted by: Amber at June 21, 2004 01:24 PM