We are having some crazy snowstorms here today, so I’ve been camped out inside all day since getting back from our last-minute run to Wegmans, because we were totally due for groceries today, anyway. And guess what?
I started a sleeve! I reached the end of the body last night (at least, I think I did…I can always add a few more rows before I join the sleeves, if we decide it needs a little more length), so there was nothing to do but start the sleeve. Unfortunately, I seem to have lost my size 6 dpns (or perhaps never had any to begin with, though I’d find that hard to believe!), and since I needed to knit the facing on smaller needles than the sleeve, I was stuck knitting the facing flat.
It wasn’t too terrible, though, and soon I was able to switch to my wonderful size 8 KnitPicks Harmony dpns and go flying in the round. I did the same knit-in hem as I’d done for the body, casting on in the main color, then switching to the contrast color for 8 rows, then back to the main color again for one more row, and then the turning row in the larger needles. I just love how the hem facings look!
I’m already contemplating the finishing on this sweater. There’s the steeking, of course, which I have to admit I’m still slightly terrified of doing. But after that, I’ll need to put on a collar, and a button band. I’m thinking of following Kristen’s lead, and doing the same fold-over hem sort of thing with the button bands as I’ve already done on the bottom hems. Wouldn’t that look cool, with a contrast color on the inside of the button bands? The only thing I worry about is whether it would be too heavy. I’m also thinking of doing something similar for the collar; my tentative plan is that it will be in garter rib (incorporating that narrow column of garter stitch that is currently on either side of the steek), but that it, too, will fold over and be lined in the contrast color. What do y’all think?