Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Sleeve Island

I know, I know. If you decide to knit a sweater, two sleeves must also be knit. Got it. I still don't quite understand why it takes 3.548 times longer to knit two sleeves which combined contain fewer stitches than the body. I am sure there is someone out there who can explain the warping of the time/space continuum to me. Anybody? Please?

Honestly, I knit all 15 inches of body in about 4 evenings. It is in the round, so just plain old ribbing for 2" followed by 13 inches of plain old knitting. No big deal.

I have been knitting on the first sleeve for about 843 years 1 week and I am just above the elbow. All of the increases are done, so it is just round and round the dpns.

The needles may be part of the problem. I knit the body on a 24" addi and loved the slickness. The sleeves are on wooden dpns and they are grabby, grabby, grabby. Normally, I think this is a good thing on dpns, but it just isn't doing it for me right now. I will just have to make due for the time being, because I don't knit enough projects on size 9's to justify having 2 sets of dpns.


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It would appear that Wisconsin is finally heading out of the deep freeze. Today was a positively balmy -1 F when I came to work. This is a vast improvement over the -18 we had on Monday. The general consensus here at the office is that it is just plain wrong to have an overnight low temperature that is more than 50 degrees below the freezing point without windchills (an aside, chill my a$$ - if they are measuring it, it is f-ing cold).

The summers here can be suffocating (90+ degrees with 90+% humidity - this does wonders for curly hair) and the winters will slowly suck the will to live from the hardiest of souls with the crushing cold temperatures and the fact that it lasts from mid-November all the way to April. Here is what I don't get. When the settlers were moving west 150 years ago and stopped here, why in the world did they stay after experiencing the hell that we call weather?

We have one of the largest average temperature swings in the world, from 90ish to -30ish. That's right over 100 degrees. Every. Year. These are normal temperatures, people, not something experienced once a decade. Every. Single. Year. Not to mention the freakish thunderstorms and threats of tornadoes. True we don't get hurricanes, but Wisconsin is located on the tail end an active fault line and there are mild earthquakes; granted, it isn't like California, but they do happen. Is this really better than what they had? I shudder to think of how awful it must have been.

4 comments:

Leslie said...

So how does moving south sound right about now? I was daydreaming the other day about fleeing these northern winters and thought that maybe I shouldn't since I wouldn't have as many opportunities to wear my woolen knits. But then I came to my senses and realized that in a better climate, I could get by with wearing only one woolen item at a time as opposed to the 4 layers of clothing I had to put on to go to work. If only sleeve island was tropical!

Pink Dandelion said...

I spent 6 months in a high humidity climate and my hair grew about 6" and was in ringlets the whole time I was there... I hated the humidity, but apparently my hair loved it...

We get mid 90s in the summer and can dip as low as -15 in the winter. But the -15 usually only lasts for a week or so, and we don't have the humidity in the summer. It's kind of nice to think of living in such a mild climate (compared to yours! ;-D)

marisa said...

I think we are in week #2 of sub-zero temps. (Maybe its week #3--feels like I've been cooped up in the house longer than that....) At least we've missed out on the crazy amounts of snow. It has to end soon, right?

As for the sleeves,I usually knit them flat. I hate seaming, but I find it so much faster than working with DPNs. I also think that joining the sleeves to the body is a ton easier when the sleeves are flat. The first time I used Ann Budd's raglan pattern, I knit the sleeves in the round and had a bugger of a time transitioning between the body and sleeve stitches. Just think how nice and cozy your sweater will be when it's done--it will make the work easier ;D

gale (she shoots sheep shots) said...

I hear you about the sleeves. I have some that are really f dragging along- although it might be becasue every other day I put them aside to make something quick & small. Maybe that's what you need? With the weather you have you need some kind of indulgence!