It probably makes me an unusual knitter that I never have WIPs sitting around that I intend to finish. My abandoned projects are either irretrievably flawed, never to be resumed, or they nag at me so aggressively once set down that I feel compelled to pick them back up.
When I wrote my first post about the endless sweater I've been designing (or attempting to design), I planned to hibernate it for a while and come back with fresh eyes in a couple of months. That probably would actually have happened, had I not posted my progress on one of Yarnbox's Ravelry boards and asked for input on how I should remake the sleeves. Suggestions abounded (such a friendly group!) and one in particular got into my head. Once the idea was planted it wouldn't leave me alone.
I had already knit and blocked my last bits of yarn beyond usefulness - no life left to be found there - so I ordered a fresh skein and cast on. The idea with which I'd decided to run was to do the sleeves in stockinette stitch with a thin panel of the sweater's body pattern up the middle. I liked the cuff component of the last pair of sleeves, and decided to keep it.
I have to admit I was SUPER PSYCHED when a rav user or two suggested this, and I still think it makes a really attractive sleeve. But what I hadn't counted on was how thin and not-cozy the sleeves would turn out compared to the body. Working with a fingering weight yarn, I should have worked two strands together for the stockinette portions to compensate for the difference in weight between the stitches - a fact which naturally didn't occur to me until I had already made two new sleeves.
For anyone keeping score, I've now made five complete sleeves for this sweater. I'm just grateful I'm a quick knitter.
Knitted. Blocked. Seamed. Attached. Tried on. Nope.
Since I already had two perfectly good sleeves (that fit and everything) that I just didn't like when attached to the sweater inside out, and since I had already ripped them off said sweater to attach the two new sleeves, I proceeded to rip the new sleeves back off again (so many seams were destroyed in the making of this sweater - including a shoulder seam I mistook for a sleeve) and reattached the original sleeves, this time right-side-out. Magic. Why didn't I like this the first time?
Finished pictures to follow. This sweater is DONE.