As I may have mentioned in the past, the Deirdre design has a row gauge of 8 rows to the inch. This is due to the way the cable I am using pulls the fabric — it just sucks up rows like nobody’s business!
So I knit and knit and knit and knit (and then I knit some more) on this danged sleeve and I see very little progress.
At this point in the knitting, I still have more than 50 rows to work before I start the cap shaping. Yikes. And this is just the first sleeve. Again, yikes.
But I do really really like the way this design is looking. Even if it does suck rows into a parallel universe, never to be seen or heard from again.
I’ll take this pesky sleeve with me this weekend when I head to points south for more book signings. Hopefully I’ll at least get the first sleeve done and the second one started.
Then, as a reward for sleeving above and beyond the call of duty, I will allow myself to knit something from my yummy handpainted laceweight cashmere. Mmmmmmmmmm!
By the way, in answer to a couple of questions I’ve gotten, Deirdre does have some shaping in the body to give it a gentle hourglass shape.
In the meantime, my second sock is coming along nicely.
And Lucy is jazzed!