I finally decided to tackle the sleeves on my Tarian sweater today since I actually really do want to finish and wear it before it stops being cold.
Of course I left off knitting it at the part of the instructions that is the most challenging and unpleasant to me: Picking up Stitches. (This may or may not be the reason why it sat in the bag for so long after I finished the body.)
It’s not that I find picking up stitches to be very technically challenging, I actually find it quite easy, however; I find it very hard to get the stitches spaced nicely and the correct number of stitches picked up at the same time. And because I’m a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to knitting (things that will be worn especially) I can’t just fudge it or ignore it and move on or fix in the next row like I would normally do with other mistakes. So in the process of picking up the stitches for the sleeve I probably had to rip out and retry (partially or completely) 15 or 20 times before I got it right. I’m quite happy with how it looks now though.
And then the little voice in the back of my head said “You had better do the other sleeve right now too so the two sleeves can match exactly since you’ve already put so much time and effort into this sweater it really should be perfect”. So I pulled out the other needle and started picking up the stitches for the second sleeve. This one did go faster because I already knew how many stitches went into each section but I still ended up ripping out quite a few times before it looked good and matched the first sleeve.
It was a pain to do, but in the end I’m glad that I did spend the time on it. This sweater is going to be amazing and having sleeves that look funny on it would make me feel self conscious wearing it and it would probably just sit in the drawer and never be worn and I would have to rip it out as redo it or I would maybe even frog it and make a different one. So spending a bit of extra time now actually makes it wearable and saves me time in the long run.
Next sweater I cast on I think I’m going to sew on the sleeves.