Whatever it takes...
Before anything else, click over and welcome Yvette! She's been invited to blog at Life in the Frogpond! She has other crafty interests, of course, and I've seen some of her sewing... all I can say is, WOW!
The sleeve/swatch has been pulled from the needles and what you see is progress on the real sleeve. It is resting atop the highlighted sleeve chart that I made last night. Photocopies, matboard, a ruler and pencil, tape and highlighters -- these are a few of my favorite things!
Okay, I have to take a moment here to say, "Yo, Typepad, thanks for the improvements to picture insertion."
The yellow highlights indicate cables that are held to the front. The pink highlights are for those held at back; I used pink only on the first repeat, so far, and maybe that's all I'll need.
I am knitting a little tighter than I was and I'm twisting those st stitches on either side of the braided cable -- I like it much better. I don't know if you can see anything in the comparison photo (swatch at top, real sleeve below), but it sure looks and feels better to me! I measured the swatch yesterday, too, and as far as I can figure, the overall measurements are very close to those specified in the pattern (or what I want).
Hehehe. I am complete. Ai picked up the Red Heart Grande that she chose the other day (strictly on basis of color) and now all my grrs are knittin'! Mdd continues to work daily on her Lion Brand Thick and Quick scarf, and Kt's lacy wool scarf-in-progress was delivered upon request to the dorm on Saturday. She emailed me yesterday with news of a nice yarn shop that is within blocks of her dorm!
So, I'm a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers. I hoot and holler and yell during the games, startling the kids and pets, and just generally do my part to define "fanatic" for a few hours every week during the season. I also enjoy watching other teams play (though with less passion), so tuned in to the kick-off show (Elton John, Lenny Kravitz, The Boston Pops, Mary J. Blige and more) and the Thursday edition of Monday Night Football last night (Colts vs. Patriots). I think Lenny Kravitz was lip-synching. I always enjoy The Boston Pops -- every Friday afternoon in 5th grade, we'd have an Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops interlude (my teacher was a big fan) and they'll always have a special spot in my heart.