You know, I still can’t believe at the very last minute I fumbled so awkwardly on the shrug! Why was I under the impression that working in the opposite direction would be simple? I guess with stockinette it is simple, but with ribbing, it’s hard to match up the stitches. Lesson learned: next time I’m running a lifeline before snipping.

Nonetheless, two matching cuffs:

Eh? Not bad!

Let me rearrange the cuffs and pan out for a second:

Both cuffs have their respective balls of yarn still attached, and the cuff I had to rework still has a lifeline threaded through. They are obviously done, but why is it so hard to cut loose? To release the knitted object from the yarn? What ifs? What if I decide I want full-length sleeves? What if I realize I knit one too many beaded rows on one of the cuffs?

Cutting yarn is so final. For me, much more in the emotional sense then in the physical one (because I know I can always rejoin a ball).

Next: seaming, blocking, rosettes.

In other news, after boycotting my ball winder for a good 5 months, it now shares my sentiment:

Double-u tee ef is that mesh-like mess at the top? It’s angry at me.

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  1. Caren

    Amen, sister! Cutting the yarn balls off the sleeves is usually the very last thing I do before blocking/seaming/etc. I usually end up digging into an extra skein due to this paranoia, but what the heck… The shrug is going to be great!

  2. Kat

    I call it “fear of finishing,” and I have a problem with it also. I have never finished anything bigger than a sock–I always get scared about finishing and start something else.

    BTW, I am a year-of-the-monkey linguist graduate student, also. Weird?

  3. Sarah

    Even if a pain, your cuffs turned out beautifully. I say cut away! You can never have too many 3/4 shirts. Long sleeves are overrated.

  4. claudia

    I don’t think its fear. My carpenter father always used to say “measure twice, cut once”. Being loathe to cut is a plus, I think.

  5. Kim

    I’m that way about cutting the yarn too.. I guess one could be all philosophical and make a correlation to “cutting the cord” but should we really get that deep into knitting and the Psyche?

    As for the cuffs.. the beading looks 100% better.. but it’s a shame that the scallop seems to have gone away.. Maybe that’s why you haven’t cut yet?

  6. Agnes

    The yarn shop wound the Manos hank into a center-pull ball for me … but I found that it collapsed just like an ordinary ball … the result is the same … tangled mess. So, now I hand wind everything into a big ball … that’s the best I think.

  7. paula

    No center pull! NO center pull!

    For the love of all that is sacred, DO NOT, I repeat: DO NOT pull that yarn out from the center!


    Is that the Malabrigo?

  8. Lou

    Your cuffs look amazing. You have done a beautiful job. I really like the new placement for the beads. It features them better. I can’t wait to see the whole shrug done and modelled!

  9. Juno

    I find the ball winder does that sometimes if I’m winding something quite fine – particularly if I’m winding either a lot, or a very little of it. I think each yarn kind of has a max/min on what makes a stable ball and if you exceed it, the little fine bits slide off the shoulders as it spins. Still works OK, but not as pretty.

    Shrug is gorgeous – not at all booobalicious.

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