Friday, July 16, 2010

two at a time

It's usually not my thing. Knitting both sleeves at the same time.
But, my mother does it and she has repeatedly mentioned how great it is. They are always exactly the same, and there is something so rewarding about when you are finished, you are completely finished. Okay then, I'll give it a try, again. So, away I knit. Bound both off. Wow, that does feel great. Then, I held one up to my arm.... about 10 inches too long. I kid you not. Both sleeves are about 10 inches too long. (Distractions galore around here.) Now, that is a reason to NOT knit both sleeves at the same time.
My yarn arrived for this sweater. Oh, how lovely. I am resisting the urge to cast on until I finish my slouchy cardigan. Cause just like the sleeves, I am good with just one at a time.
Have a wonderful weekend.

53 comments:

Jaime said...

Something possessed me to attempt my first mittens two-at-a-time. Twice as many mistakes, twice as much ripping out. I definitely think it's a worthwhile method, but only for something foolproof!

pricklypearbloom said...

I'm doing both sides of the front of the slouchy cardigan at the same time. While I don't love it, I think I like it better than counting rows. I HATE counting rows.

Seanna Lea said...

Ouch! I think I would rather count my rows and match them up. I'm going to curse myself now and say I don't tend to get that distracted when I knit.

Chantal B said...

you are very funny!! x 2!! lol!!
Nice next project!

A Write Life said...

Ohhhh, what a lovely color.

Rose said...

That's one of my favorite yarns; so soft. Love the pattern too! Was it free w/ purchase?

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

10 inches too long, uh oh. Oh well, what can you do. I hope they were fun distractions. And...I love alpaca.

♥Kate♥ said...

10 inches too long. Now that's some serious distraction. Love it!! Sound like me. :)

rhodespedal said...

My mom prefers to knit both sleeves at the same time as well whereas I am like you and prefer to knit mine separately.
I'm excited about seeing your second slouchy!

Knitterella said...

I wish I could be good with 'just one at a time'!

That yarn is so awesome! It's at my LYS and I pet it all the time.

MadMad said...

Um.... 10 extra inches?! That kind of distraction can only be had watching Real Housewives of NJ. C'mon - you can admit it - I won't tell.

opportunityknits said...

I've done that before, knit 2 sleeves at the same time and made a mistake and the pain of re-doing was doubled too !! :) :)

Frances said...

Sorry to read about your extra long sleeves, but ... I still think it's wise to knit both sleeves at the same time ... they get the dame tension, and really do match, no matter how long those sleeves might be.

That new yarn does look tempting.

Best wishes!

Kristen said...

Ten inches too long? My goodness, that is a whole lotta extra knitting! But I love the idea of two at a time.

Vicky said...

Thanks for that, I am currently doing two sleeves at the same time for the jacket I am knitting LOL

Linda said...

Oh dear! I think that the knitting goes so slow doing two at a time as well!

Anonymous said...

OH NO!!! (giggle) On the other hand, I was knitting my daughter a shrug and had to lay it aside to complete something else. When I went back to it, I was totally bummed because I had modified the one sleeve I had knitted and didn't write it down! UGH! I tossed it back in the bag where it has set for 4 months now. So I can see the advantage of both ways. Didn't carrying around 2 balls of yarn and keeping all that straight get a little annoying too?~Jan

Karen said...

Too funny. I mean the way you described it, not the actual situation.
I've been tempted to do the two at once method, but then chickened out.
I've knitted mittens with the Alpaca and its a joy to work with.

Chris said...

Hi! I feel your frustration, but your story about it was funny! Lemonade from lemons! I wouldn't expect anything different from you!

Tina said...

Oooooo, love that orange baby alpaca yarn! Have never tried sleeves two at a time, but may have to give it a go.

Jux said...

Darling!
Moms are ALWAYS right!
My mom knits like yours - for instance, sleeves at once... and she said the same! Beside the chances of making mistakes on counting rows etc dicreases tremendously!
Fantastic yarn and gorgeous next cardigan!

Enjoy Summer!!!

Hugs from freezing southern skies!

Trudi said...

I'm knitting my first cardigan (basic black) and am having a go at both at once. Hopefully I won't get distracted as much as you did!

jenmaree said...

I would have never thought to knit both sleeves at the same time. Thanks! As for the extra 10 inches - new fashion statement?? :)

Agata said...

Hello. I do both sleeves at the same time. They are the same then ;)

Lauri said...

Um, genius?? How smart. Love that. Thanks for the idea.

Leonie said...

I normally knit my sleeves two at a time when they are plain knitting. Can't believe you were 10 inches worth of distracted, that's an awful lot of sitting in one place at a time!!! My kids definitely don't allow for that :-)

Like the look of the next cardy it will look wonderful in the orange.

Feltland said...

Oooh ... :(
I was thinking about knitting my next sleeves both at the same time - I am afraid it won't happen. It is better to keep just one at-a-time.

Thanks for sharing your experience.

hook and needle said...

I knit mine at the same time, too. :) But I haven't had the too short/too long result, so maybe I just haven't knit enough sweaters yet?

Bonnie D. said...

Chuckled over your long, long sleeves. I pictured Frankenstein dragging his knuckles. LOL. I love the color of the sweater. I really like the sweater you will be making with the Baby Alpaca Grande Tweed (one of my favorite yarns!) Does that pattern have a name? Where can I purchase that pattern?

ColorSlut said...

I've knit with this alpaca before and it is DREAMY! So squishy and yummy.

emilyelizabeth said...

That yarn looks so squishy soft! I love it :)

rosemary said...

i have never knit anything two at time, but i do see the advantages...very pretty baby alpaca!!!

Elizabeth Soule said...

Love, love the alpaca yarn. I made a Debbie Bliss sweater out of it a year ago. So soft! 10 extra inches... that is a lot of distraction.

Lisa said...

Orange is my favorite. So jealous. I wish I could crawl in the part of your brain where the knitting smarts are and scoop some out. Okay...that's weird but it has conveys my desire to knit like you.

molly said...

Oh my! My mom just shared with me this tip about two-at-once. It made sense. In theory. I consider myself warned, in reality!

Danielle said...

Never tried to knit 2 at once ~ looks like it would be a great thing to try! I love the orange sweater! What a great design, though the baby grande alpaca is beautiful!

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