I was starting to worry about the size of this sweater: will it be big enough to suit hubby? He likes ’em baggy. It’s hard to say because there are no shoulders for the sweater to hang from yet. The sleeves and shoulders are kinda being developed at the same time. At this stage, though, it looks promising! BTW, I think he assumes the sweater is for me. He hasn’t inquired about it or commented on it at all. Ah well, if it’s too small, it will surely fit someone else in the family and friend sphere!
At last, both sleeves are attached to the body and it’s time for the decreases that will create the raglan “seams” on each side of each shoulder. Since there will be a V-neck, I’ll be stopping the circular knitting in another inch or so and going back and forth to finish the sweater. There are currently almost 50% more stitches per round than there were for the body … so each round is slow going. The good news is: each round will decrease (on average) by 4 stitches so things will seem to speed up as the project nears completion!
It’s been a busy couple of weeks at our house. We painted (are still painting) the kitchen and my teaching and tutoring work has multiplied. These are all good things, but they do cut in on the knitting time!
I’ve finished the body of the Norblu Sweater … its size prevented me from carrying it around and that was another damper on progress. But here it is at last! See the wrinkly yarn extending out of the picture? I’m knitting directly from the abandoned swatch sleeve now. See the gray yarn near the needles? That’s marking Armpit Number One. It and Armpit Number Two will be the very last steps in making the sweater. They will be closed with kitchener stitching and will disappear seamlessly. But first, Sleeve Number Two must be knitted and then both sleeves must be attached to the body. I’ll continue upward from there to the shoulders and finish the collar and then … I hope this will all be finished before Christmas!