I finished the knitting of the sweater, sleeves and all! Here is the sweater, pre steeking.
Got to love all that natural wool goodness – I’ve become quite spoiled, fiber wise. The blanket that the sweater is being displayed on is another Elizabeth Zimmerman unvention, her cushy blanket from The Opinionated Knitter, also knit for my husband, and is become legendary in our marriage lore as the best ending to an argument ever..more on that later. So, I was so nervous about the steeking that I couldn’t bear taking pictures of my progress, as I was sure that the knitting gods would laugh mightily and unravel all my work, especially since I only allowed for a one stitch steek. But, I got beginner’s luck, and here is my sweater with sleeves attached!
Horray! All that is left is to cut the front, install the zipper, knit the facing and sew in the icord zipper hider. I won’t be posting a tutorial on steeking, since this is the first time I’ve done it, and I don’t really think I did the best of jobs on it. But, as Mr. Rogers says, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again. Super-quilter Mom is coming over on Sunday to help us move our family room, and will help me sew in the zipper (she doesn’t know yet, but I imagine crafting is much more preferable to hauling furniture.)