I know this looks like a good start on a sleeve for my first NaKniSweMoDo sweater and we still have a week and a half until 2009. I feel the need to swatch this by knitting a part of the sweater to figure out how the cable and rib pattern I'm also improvising as I swatch will actually work. This is my third version and I'm debating if it still pulls the purl stitches to much. I really don't want them to look like openwork when it's done and blocked.
I knit and washed a flat ribbed swatch. I plan to use the change in gauge there to figure how my gauge on this sleeve and, by extension, the garment will change. I used the weaver's trick of making an outline of my swatch pre-washing so I now know this Alpaca/Jacob blend bulky yarn will get wider and shorter.
My master plan is to base a sweater on a sleeve whose stretched dimensions look good when worn, allowing for the % change that will happen with washing and blocking. I count on the elongated chained cables I've alternated with a plain rib not to change that % too much.
I'll figure my numbers for a saddle-shouldered (with a sleeve cable continuing up the saddle) EPS from this derived gauge. The cowl/turtle neck of 2x2 rib should echo the 4 1/2 to 5" of plain rib at hem and cuff. I'm aiming for something fitted, but not too clingy, to offset the bulky nature of this yarn, though in slightly-stretched ribs I get more like 4 to 4.5 than 3 stitches per inch.
Wish me luck. I'm flying by the seat of my pants here.
Here is today's morning newspaper article on Seattle weather and another photo gallery or two. Keep in mind that
Meanwhile, here at my holiday home in the foothills of
The cat, though, is all better and back to being a demanding pain in the rear. I love her dearly.