Progress on Manu is very slow going. Yet I'm über happy to report that I managed to finally get through the 30+ inches of stockinette!! The last 20 inches or so was stockinette...in the round! Talk about mind numbing knitting or what? I'm all for mindless knitting - when you need it - like while watching a movie, waiting at the doctor's office, on a break at work...but to have 75% of the project to be mindless?? Yeah, my brain needed wake up calls here and there! Hence why I had deviated from this project a few times to knit up other, more instant gratifying projects like the Akimbo, and the almost finished German Skews.
I was practically jumping for joy when I finished the second sleeve and was (finally!!) able to join the sleeves to the body to start the yoke. Now I'm working on the short rows...if you can even call it that. If by short you mean over 200 stitches per row!! Ack! Oh well, at least the knitting is interesting again and is starting to resemble a garment. As Megan from the Tuesday knit night says, I just have to keep reminding myself that it'll be lovely when it's finished. I'm just hoping that it fits by the time it is! Now that the sleeves are joined up with the body and 10 short rows have been knitted up so far, I'm starting to wonder if I should have made the XXS size rather than the XS. I really shouldn't jump the gun yet. Knowing my luck, by the time this is finished I will realize that I should have gone a size up. I have a tendency to think of my size in extremes. Either I think I'm much, much smaller than I really am, or I think I am a behemoth of an elephant and make myself a garment that can fit Jared pre-Subway diet.
Hmm...I guess we'll find out!