The new ‘puter is indeed named Dagmar. And a whole bunch of you guessed it, so clearly my last hint did make it much easier as someone ::cough::Ian::cough:: suggested.
The first to get it right was Arlene. Congratulations, Arlene! Your yarn will be winging its way to you later this week.
Several of you guessed Doris, which I found amusing. My mom, on the other hand, would probably not have been amused, as that is her first name (it’s my middle name).
Coming Down the Home Stretch
On the Tennis Sweater, that is.
I just now finished the second sleeve, but last night I sewed the first sleeve to the body.
So all that’s left is to sew the second sleeve to the body.
I tried it on in it’s one-sleeved state. I really like it, and I’m glad I added an inch to the length of the body — makes it the perfect length for me. And I knit the sleeves one inch shorter than called for in the instructions. But that’s just me — I almost always shorten sleeves. I must have short arms.
I do so hate to sew up my knits, but taking the time to do a careful job is really important for my overall success with a sweater. I mattress-stitched this baby, and as much as I don’t like doing mattress stitch, I have to admit that I always like the results when I do.
When I mention how much I hate sewing sweaters together, it usually spawns the question: why don’t I knit everything in the round?
Knitting in the round certainly has its place. I would never do a fair isle in pieces — colorwork is so much easier in the round.
But take the Tennis Sweater, for example. The Cotton Cashmere is lovely soft yarn and is working up into a lovely soft sweater. A sweater that really benefits from the stability that side seams give it. Sure, you could knit it in the round. But I don’t think it would hang as nicely as it does with seams to give it some structure.
Just my two cents.