One Sleeve Down

After enjoying a bowl of Roasted Red Pepper, Leek, and Potato soup (a CIA recipe), I sat in bed and watched last week’s episodes of CSI and Grey’s Anatomy and managed to finish the first sleeve of my malabrigo Licorice Whip.

sweater and dog
“this is a new dog bed for me to chew on my tennis ball on, right?”
sweater and ball
“no? well, I’ll just leave my ball here in case you change your mind”

I winged the sleeve and worked decreases every 6th row for the most part. I then decided to work some increases so there is a very slightly flared cuff. I am happy with the length, fit, and look of the sleeve (yes, I have short arms and like longer sleeves). I love top-down sweaters — I am happy that I can try the sweater on throughout the process to see how it is fitting. Though that leads to me wanting to try it on after every 3 rounds which really hinders the knitting process!

[I am also going to have probably half of the yarn left over from this sweater. Oops.]

Ging and Claw seem to be fighting over this sweater. Every time I leave it alone for a second, I find one of them atop it. Even DH said, “can you hurry up and finish that sweater so you can work on my sweater?”

On a personal note, never deny the restorative properties of knitting with wool (see Juno’s post from yesterday where she says, “Wool takes care of us, I really believe that.” Me, too.). This is a hard time of year for me — Sunday was my father’s birthday and today is the anniversary of his death. I have spent the past few days cooking, knitting (DH’s hat, my sweater), and going ice skating, all tasks that make me feel rejuvenated in spite of the sad side note.

13 Comments so far

  1. Andrea on January 16th, 2007


    Somehow I’m thinking leftover malabrigo is not a bad thing… it means you get to knit with it again. :)

  2. caitlyn on January 16th, 2007

    Sending hugs to you too, Jess.

  3. gleek on January 16th, 2007

    this month will be over before you know it! and hopefully you’ll be able to replace it with some happier memories..

    loving licorice whip! that’s gonna be one hot sweater when you’re done with it!

  4. Kristina on January 16th, 2007

    Oh, I am so sorry. You brought tears to my eyes. I am glad that have things to do to make this time more manageable. That IS one of the best things about knitting, isn’t it? And the wool — I never told you this, I just realized. Last summer (summer!) my daughter was sick, and we had to take her to the emergency room. It was late – around 11pm, so I had to get dressed. I rummaged around in my sock drawer to find the wool socks that you made me for sockapaloooza. Yes, it was summer, and yes, they were warm, but I just needed the comfort of those socks. I t somehow made it all easier. :)

  5. Liz on January 16th, 2007

    I kept wanting to try on the sleeves on this sweater every three rows, too. Sometimes that *really* reinforces the idea that no matter how much you knit, you never get any further.

  6. Ashley on January 16th, 2007

    Sorry, Jess–I can’t imagine how hard it is to have to keep that kind of anniversary. Hope the Malabrigo is working its magic (and the love from the critters never hurts either).

  7. Dipsy D. on January 17th, 2007

    Sending a big, warm hug over to you!

  8. Bron on January 17th, 2007

    I know how that goes – my Dad’s birthday is tomorrow. He would’ve been 95. He’s been gone 3 years but it’s still strange not to call & wish him a happy day.

    Licorice Whip is looking great!

    Hugs – Bron

  9. Stacey on January 17th, 2007

    glad that the knitting helps – it looks wonderful! keeping the fingers and mind busy is a wonderful way to heal….

  10. Kirsten on January 18th, 2007

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’ve got a sweater started with some Malabrigo that is just not right. I’ve been planning to frog it since the yarn is too lovely for a bad sweater. Licorice Whip will be just the thing! Yours looks great!

  11. Leah on January 18th, 2007

    I’m so sorry for this difficult time! It’t nice that you have something to keep you busy and take your mind off it just a bit! :)

  12. Julie on January 19th, 2007

    I’m late but still thinking of you during this sad time for your family. Will answer your email later tonight or tomorrow.

  13. yarnsnob on May 29th, 2007

    sending you a big hug from across the waters :)