I finished my first paying freelance indexing gig, and was suddenly ready to knit everything, and sew everything, and read a few books too. So it was not a funk so much as absorption in something else. I guess it would be contradictory to want to be totally absorbed in more than one thing, wouldn't it? But the index is done, and submitted, and so last night I sat down...
looked at all those swatches...
looked at some older swatches...
And cast on for something else entirely. Really, why do I keep a queue on Ravelry? Just as suggestions, I think. But I really liked how this swatch feels, and so I went looking for a pattern in garter stitch in that weight, reminding myself of the good old days when I would have just made up my own. Have I gotten lazy? As a barely capable knitter I changed gauges, yarns, fibers, sizes, sleeves, necklines, the direction in which items were knit... But instead, lazily, I searched the Ravelry database and came up one and said, "Eureka! That's it!"
Now, the thing is, I do not wear cap sleeves. I do not like sweaters that look as if they shrank in the wash. I don't usually go for little-girlish things. But I LOVE the lace pattern on the bottom, and there is the garter stitch that will show off the yarn. So here is what is going to happen.
You start this sweater with the sleeves, which you knit individually from the cuff to where the sleeve would meet the raglan sleeve. You then put the sleeves on holders, and knit up the body of the sweater to the beginning of that raglan seam. Then all the pieces are put on the needle and you knit them all at one time.
So, I started a sleeve, but where it says "knit for two inches after the lace rows" I am going to knit 4 or 5 inches. Then, once I have both sleeves to that point, I will cast on for the body of the sweater which will NOT be a cardigan! Or too small. Instead, I am going to knit it in the round as a pullover. Plus, that neckline is going to be narrower, and the shoulders wider, so that the darn thing doesn't just fall off my narrow-shouldered frame.
Other than that, the same identical sweater.
In white ribbon yarn:
and the beginnings