Seconds, please!

Well, I can say one good thing about spending so much time on my tush in tin cans this weekend. It helps me bypass second sock/sleeve syndrome pretty easily.

(Two sleeves for my friend Neil’s birthday sweater, one completed Sidewinder, one in-progress. Boo yah.)

The Sidewinder pattern didn’t exactly make the STR behave. It still pooled and streaked a bit. But, as it turns out, that sort of thing looks a whole heck of a lot better when it happens vertically on the foot instead of around. So I formally declare the Pebble Beach hank saved, and I’ll look forward to wearing these socks for years. The sock fits very well, and the construction is so very interesting. I should have the pair done in a day or so.

Until then, obviously, we’ll just have to have some fun with the first sock.

The weekend went well, overall. It was the first time Jacob and I had been apart overnight before, and I have to say he seems to have handled it a whole lot better than I did. I did get used to it, though, and now my last worry about Rhinebeck is totally gone, and I can’t wait for October.

By the way, this is the pattern I’m using for Neil’s sweater:

It’s modified drop sleeve, which is so weird to me since I don’t think I’ve ever done anything but set-in. I like the way it’s looking so far, and the cotton isn’t hurting my hands too badly. I hope I can finish the rest of the sweater quickly, because I’m all excited about my holiday knitting. I can’t believe it’s almost September!

6 thoughts on “Seconds, please!

  1. I love how that Sidewinder looks! I’m anxious to start a pair myself now.

    And yay, Rhinebeck! I’m so excited to go, too! I can’t believe it’s already right around the corner.

  2. I really like how the sweater is looking. The yarn goes really well with that stitch pattern.

  3. Nice sweater. It reminds me of a pattern in one of the Jamieson’s Knitting Books that I have in the back of my mind for me. The dropped sleeves are going to seem incredibly easy compared to set-in sleeves. The main problem I have with them is measuring, because you really don’t know where the dropped part falls on the shoulder until you block the body.

    I can’t wait for Rhinebeck either. We had a wonderfully cool sequence of days this week, and it almost felt like fall was here already.

  4. Hi Amy, I have just browsed trough your complete blog. You have made some amazing knits, the pictures are so beautiful and your son is such a sweet and charmy little one.
    The Birdseye shawl is a masterpiece and the color is perfect for you.

  5. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Jacob is adorable! That’s quite a handsome sweater. Good choice!

  6. Could I please ask what the name of the pattern is that you are using for Neil’s sweater and where you got the pattern from? Its awesome. A little bit of cabling, kind of a shawl collar without being overly shawl. Looks like a pattern that satisfies the knitter but yet would be something a guy would actually wear.
    Also, what yarn are you using?

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