My current work in progress:

Sundew,by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK, using 3.25mm and 4mm needles.

A Tale of Two Sleeves

A couple of people mentioned in the comments of my last post that they’ve had issues with the pattern I’m knitting — Dark and Stormy. I don’t find the pattern particularly easy to follow. We all have our ways of expressing things and writing patterns, and this pattern is not written in Wendy-speak. 😉

I’m considering it a guideline only, anyway.

I got to the point where I was ready to separate out the sleeves.


The pattern directs you to put the sleeve stitches on holders and knit the body. I am doing the opposite: I put the body stitches on holders and am knitting the sleeves.

I completed one sleeve yesterday morning.


And I’ve got just a bit more knitting to finish on the second sleeve, so I’ll be finishing that shortly.


Another inch of stockinette, then a couple of inches of ribbing.

Then I will re-commence work on the body of the sweater.

One reason I’m knitting it this way is because I am making my sweater longer than the pattern directs. I wanted the sleeves done so I’d know how much yarn I had left to finish the body (and the front bands and collar). I am pretty sure I bought plenty, but it’s nice to know!

Meanwhile, only the sight of a bird on a windowsill will get Lucy out of her new kitty bed.



  1. Wendy,
    Is this a knit-a-long? I love the color, would like a look at the pattern. Your alteration to the pattern sounds very interesting.

  2. love the color and method to your madness…

  3. I marked the pattern in ravelry for a future knitting session (or two) you have got to be the fastest knitter I’ve ever met. How many stitches per minute do you knit? 🙂

  4. I have yarn for this sweater in my stash. Love the idea of knitting the sleeves first, especially when extending the length (which I might do as well). Thanks for the tip!
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  5. Whew! It’s somehow reassuring to hear expert knitters also sometimes struggle to decipher pattern instructions and a designer’s intent. That said, your Dark and Stormy is looking Lush and Lovely.
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  6. Esther49 says:

    I look at Lucy enjoying her new kitty scratch bed and wonder why my cat won’t go near the one I bought him! He liked the little bag of catnip that came with it, but the bed–no.

  7. Sharen Warren says:

    Love the pairing of pattern & yarn.,,,your projects are so inspiring. I like to knit the sleeves first, usually because I prefer to seam them and also because I tuck one sleeve inside the
    other for less floppiness as I continue the body. Wendy, you do write good, clear patterns!

  8. This is looking so pretty I cant wait to see it finished! I loooove purple and this is one pretty yarn! xxx
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  9. Clever idea, knitting the sleeves first! I’m not sure I would have thought of that, myself. I think I would have gone with the more customary “Be Really Anxious About The Whole Thing Until The End” method of knitting.
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