I’m home with a migraine, so this might be a bit whiny and incoherent (or maybe just more whiny and incoherent than usual) so, um, sorry.  But remember the sweater I’ve been working on, like, forever?  The one whose sleeve I’ve frogged and reknit about 400 times now?  Yeah, that one.  I frogged the sleeve again last night.  I swear this is turning into some knitterly version of Groundhog Day.  Knit half a sleeve.  Frog it.  Knit half a sleeve.  Frog it.  Knit half a sleeve.  Frog it.  Knit half a sleeve.  Frog it.  I swear, if my clock radio starts playing Sonny & Cher singing “I got you Babe” one morning, I’m going to frog the whole damn thing.  It’s cursed.

The sleeve I just frogged was a lot smaller than the last one, but still way too big.  I feel like I really don’t know how to design sweaters for the body I have now.  I don’t have any sweaters that fit.  I have one sweater that almost fits, but it clashes horribly with several of my shirts.  I’ve making this sweater in progress specifically to go with those shirts.  I have a gray sweater that lives at work; it goes with everything, but it’s now huge on me.

The thing is, I’ve lost another 4 pounds in the last month.  So it strikes me that I’ll probably continue to lose weight until my body decides, “Oh, ok.  This is the weight I’m supposed to be.  Right.”  I have absolutely no idea what that weight will be or what size that will be.  (You people who got here by googling weight loss, I’m not trying to lose weight.  I just switched from lacto-ovo vegetarian to vegan about 6 months ago.  I eat a lot of food, but no animal products, except for honey in my tea.)  So I’m wondering, not only will this sweater be a lot looser than I planned by the time I ever finish it, but will all of the shirts I planned to wear it with be way too big next fall?  Some of them are already pretty loose.  Hmm.

I think maybe I should wait a few months to start the Cobblestone sweater.  I still need to make a scarf for next winter, and I can never have too many socks…

In the meantime, I started the sleeve again last night, this time picking up fewer stitches.  If this doesn’t work, well, you know, I don’t know what I’ll do with it.  I’m getting kind of tired of looking at it.  I’ve been knitting it for so long, it should be done by now, and I’m getting pissed off at it for being cursed.  I know, it’s not its fault that my brain still thinks I’m the size I was years ago, and the yarn is really soft, so I can’t really be mad at it…because it’s soft…and fuzzy…  How can you be mad at something soft and fuzzy?  Damn.


  1. Marcy

    If it’s a drop shoulder sweater, what I’ve seen is that the sleeve should be 50% of the circumference of the sweater. So, if your sweater were 40 inches around, the sleeve would be 20 inches at the widest part.
    However, I think 50% is a bit too much. I like 45%. It usually ends up being a few inches less.
    If 45% is still too wide for a sleeve, it’s possible that your sweater itself is too wide…unless of course, you happen to like a loose-fitting body with tighter sleeves, or you’re shaped like Tweedle Dum or Tweedle Dee. 😉
    I only say that b/c I’ve seen your picture, and I know you’re not.
    If you’re making a drop shoulder sweater with side seams, I wouldn’t worry about losing weight. You can always take the seams in when you get thinner.

  2. Rebecca

    Well you are a perfect advertisement for how to lose weight and still eat all you want. It just depends on what you are eating. I have done the all raw food way of eating (which is also vegan but just not cooked) and you do lose a lot of weight for a while and then you level out and then you start gaining a bit again until you are at what seems to be a really healthy and sustainable size. My experience is that if you want to slow down the weight loss substitute more fruits and nuts for vegetables. More calories needed. Good luck with the sweater. I am sure it will be great when finished. The Twisted Sisters have a really good book on how to knit sweaters that fit. Check it out on Amazon.

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