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A tale of two sleeves August 4, 2009

Dare I say I’m really enjoying myself? Knitting sleeves on two different projects has become rather amusing and speedy.

This morning, in the cool lake air, I stitched up Sleeve #1 of the Twist cardigan I’m working on. [Now here’s all the goal setting and meeting marching on: make the goal, execute it in digestible chunks, get to the finish line.] By the time the Body is being knit on this sweater, both sleeves will be pressed, mattress stitched and ends woven in, a little bit at a time, but in the final moments, rather efficient.

And motivating.

I like the fact that the two sweaters are so different in materials, although they are not so different in gauge; here’s a wide look.

Chic Knits Twist

One is so very textured chunky; the other so smooth and sinuous.

The cream colored yarn is Queensland Kathmandu, a tweedy blend of wool, silk and [sneeze or you’ll you-know] cashmere that is dense and comforting and will be such a great Saturday sweater that I can hardly wait for cooler weather.

Gwen commented: “I’m thinking that it would be very chic as a 3/4 length sleeve…but I also like the idea of a cap that you can wear a long sleeve thin t-shirt under in the wintery months. I know that this would be more work for you but, why not give us cap sleeves now, and longer sleeve options in a couple o’ few months when it starts to cool off?”

I actually loved this idea and almost did this but what stopped me was this question: “What if I have NOT the will to sleeve-it by the time the weather became cooler?” Most likely this sleeve fascination will have cooled as well. Also, this yarn is going to change in the washing; I know it will bloom and maybe get fuzzier on wearing, too. Adding new length later, with this fiber, might be too obvious a change.

So after much thought, knowing I’d want to wear this all the time in the middle of winter, I opted for Long Sleeves! These can always be pushed up, which I love to do, and when Mr. Frosty is nipping at my wrists in the deep of January, I’ll be covered.

However, this whole concept is too good to pass up, so down the line a piece there’s something more up my sleeve ;p

Meanwhile, I’m enjoying the knitting of the tweedy and smooth…

Chic Knits Mondo Cable Pulli

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8 responses to “A tale of two sleeves August 4, 2009”

  1. Susan says:

    Am I to understand that, at least for Twist, you seam the sleeves THEN sew them in? Gorgeous, by the way!

  2. elaine says:

    I absolutely love the look of the Mondo Cable with sleeves. Any plans to update the pattern with this variation?

  3. Kathleen says:

    I love the Mondo with sleeves. Anxiously awaiting the pattern. Will this sleeve version also work with a cotton or cotton blend? After a certain age :-) all wool sweaters are too darn hot for me.

  4. Bonne Marie says:

    Hi Susan — yes! My background is in fashion design and construction and that is how it is traditionally done for a great look and great range of motion in the seam.

    You can see how to do it in the February 11, 2009 blog entry.

    The Mondo Cable pattern debuted at the summer TNNA show and has shipped nationwide. Check out our retailer’s links page for sources:

    For info on the PDF release (no date yet), you can sign up for the newsletter for up-to-the-minute breaking news here:

  5. Renee says:

    Wow – the long cabled sleeve is stunning! Love the colour.

  6. rachel kates says:

    Gorgeous photos, Bonne.

  7. claire says:

    Your sleeve is beautiful!

  8. Oh! That cabled sleeve is *wonderful*! And I love the colour too — taupe? grey? A bit of both?

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