Saturday, April 12, 2003

Let's plant rice!

My backyard is a paddy. The water is just standing - wet - and it's still raining. I put the lawn furniture out a few weeks ago when we had a fake Spring, now it's paddy-Oh! furniture.

Apparently the sleeve pattern for the raccoon Jacket in IK is not exactly correct. I'm not saying it's wrong, but apparently it won't give you the sleeve that is pictured. Quite often [always] magazines edit instructions to match their own style and IK is no exception. It makes a lot of sense to present a uniform product to your audience, and I know that my own style of knitting is so weird that I expect no magazine to run my instructions with no changes.

The sleeve was changed quite a bit from what I had originally sent. Not a big deal - and to be honest, when I did my final check of the edited version sent by IK I didn't think the difference was bad - or that severe. But apparently it is quite different when it's knit up and I have the emails to prove it!

For the gratification of my knitting fans (you know who you are...) I'm posting the original version of the sleeve along with a little animated graphic explaining how the bottom part of the sleeve goes together. I'm not saying it's better than the IK edited version - heaven knows it's probably not - but it will give a sleeve that looks like the sleeve in the issue.

For what it's worth, I really appreciate the room that IK gave the sweater - and it was THEIR decision to run instrux for the right and left side separately (I wanted to just run the left side and say, "reverse all shaping" for the right side - THAT would have been popular not!) It really is one of the more insightful knitting magazines out there, and this is NOT meant as a dig or jibe at them!!


Here's the sleeve! Enjoy!
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