Fusspot

Fusspot

This afternoon I bound off a new jumper for myself. And then I fussed with it. 

Sometimes the design process is fast and mostly done in the abstract, and sometimes it's slow and hands on. I bought this (delightful) yarn as a birthday present for myself and knit the body in July, but I couldn't decide what to do with the sleeves. Multiple cabled beginnings later I tucked it away. For months. And then I pulled it out and tried swatching one of my original ideas, with a simple change from reverse stockinette to garter stitch. Garter stitch is always the answer. 

I knew I wanted to continue those sleeve panels over the shoulders and into the collar and that the front slit opening (which will have a zipper) would transition to ribbing to mimic the sleeve arrows and hem triangles. But I was a little indecisive about where exactly the yoke shaping should fall on raglan to saddle shoulder spectrum and how that 'seam line' should be defined. 

Tried a few swatches of the latter but for the shaping I really just wanted to try it on. Knitting the whole thing also gave me the chance to see how the funnel neck worked in a single layer of 1x1 rib. The whole thing is ok. But I'm fussy. 

I love the back shaping, so my plan is to alter only the front so there's a little more of an inward slope instead of a straight vertical section. I do plan to work another decrease row or two at the back neck to raise it up and pull the saddles inward a little more. 

Those sleeve arrows and the extra long sleeve length aren't going anywhere though. 

Those sleeve arrows and the extra long sleeve length aren't going anywhere though. 

Back to the underarms we go. I think it will be worth it. Plus I've got a cold, I'm taking a few days off this week, and it's not cold enough to wear this anyway. Re-knitting the yoke sounds pretty good right now. Electric ballwinder means I don't get to dither too much. 

Feeling so grateful for this space, where it was possible to take naturally lit photos mid afternoon. Please ignore the mess, we've still got a few boxes to unpack. 

If you send us a message this week it might take a little longer than usual to get a response (I know how frustrating being stuck on a gift on xmas eve can be, but it's totally ok to wrap a wip with an iou!). 

Writing this while keeping an eye on the news from Glasgow, our thoughts are with everyone affected.

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