Just a little update on Ravellenic progress: I finished the second sleeve last night, finally, then suddenly realized that I hadn’t taken into account whether my brother would like them longer / shorter than the pattern’s measurements. I got him to measure his favorite similar thing and, yup, that has sleeves that are 2 INCHES longer. Grr. Luckily, I can just add length on and don’t have to worry too much about the increases, that should be fine. My pub knitters all agreed that since the pattern has you knit all the increases, then knit straight until the correct length is reached, adding just an extra inch on top (I won’t necessarily go as far as 2″) should be fine. That’s ok, though a Big Fat Bummer to not really be done with the sleeves after all.
BUT. I know this yarn will grow when washed because I swatched 6 months ago like a good girl, and I accounted for the growth in the sizing — but somehow did not write down row gauge for the washed swatch. Said swatch is nowhere to be found; I suspect I was a dumbass and frogged it to re-knit into the sweater, so I had to waste time last night knitting a new swatch. I’ll need to know that row information for the body anyway. While I wash and dry it, I’ve moved on to the body, then can go back to add length to the sleeves if needed.
So last night I cast on 196 stitches for the body, knit one row of ribbing, then felt really sorry for myself for having to knit 2.75″ of 196 ribbing stitches today (have I ever mentioned how I hate ribbing with the burning fury of ten men?) and went to bed. I’ll try to power through it as fast as possible today and hopefully have some actual body progress to show after the weekend. I better start knitting faster than I have been, I’m already running out of time!