Things I don't like about the way the Celtic Dreams sleeve is written:
First, I decided I didn't like the way the cuff cables fall.
They aren't centered lengthwise across the cuff,
so I ripped and added a few rows before I began the cabling.
Then I decided that I don't think that the way the sleeve is designed is flattering for me. All of the decreases happen above the elbow (or do they? I keep re-reading that part of the pattern and I don't get it. That I chose to knit the sleeve flat instead of in the round may have had something to do with my confusion). I sewed it up and looked at in on the body, and I didn't like the way the every fourth row decreases made the fabric behave all up in my pit vicinity. The model who wears the sweater so alluringly is much smaller that the sweater they have put on her, and she is holding a lot of the fabric behind her. The sleeve very well may be a tube from the elbow down on that original, and it looks just fine on her, but on me? . . . meh.
So I decided to rip it out
It only hurts for a little while. The sleeve is restored by now, one decrease every four rows on alternate sides (to mimic the way it would fall knit in the round) but I ended up with about 6 stitches too many by the time I made it to the cuff. No worries, I just flubbed it, and it worked out fine.
The second sleeve is now under way. I am breathing again.
CSM Update: The Boy was sent home from school yesterday with conjunctivitis, so I couldn't get away to check out that machine. I'll try again tomorrow. And for those of you who spun with me on Saturday: I haven't caught it, so I don't think you have anything to worry about having been in the same room with me. But gross, eh?.