I am continuing this darn sweater.. (finally) although I'm aching to start something *else* new... I cast on the sleeve and while it seems HUGE at the cuff, I'm not comfortable with making it smaller because I think I would have to make other random complicated calculations in the pattern to make it fit at the shoulder. I am just taking a deep breath and hoping that it all fits and works out. I was fighting with myself thinking that I don't really want a plain boring half zip green sweater anymore, but I realized also that if I were to add some colorwork (like a fair isle band on the arm) it'd look funny the way it attaches, or if I put it where the sleeve connects, it'd be really low on my arm... So I am sticking with my initial idea which is to make a simple green (boring) sweater. It's full of "beginners" mistakes (I am still a beginner) but I'm learning. Slowly.
It's obvious that I haven't gotten to the chapter about gauge swatches yet... I'm still in the "fake it" stage... I think of my knitting habits a lot like the I Love Lucy show where she's working at the chocolate factory - just "acting" like she knows what she's doing... I do know a little; and I do know better than to work on projects and assume they're going to fit when I don't do a gauge swatch... and while this sweater seems a tiny bit big, I think it'll be OK.
I want to get it done -
I also get frustrated with patterns that say things like "increase on the fifth and every following twelfth row until the stitches = 102. I stop and get out paper for these instructions, and literally list out every line - it's kind of cryptic to anyone else, but I understand what I need to do from row to row - then as I work I cross off each line in my worksheet. I made this form for the increasing on my sleeve, and I then copied it... so I have one for the second sleeve. If I follow my pattern, then they'll be the same (hopefully)
I hope to get one sleeve complete this weekend.
I got a few responses for the yarn swap I offered - I am waiting for one or two more replies with the answers to the questions we posed - then I'll be matching each person with a pal.