Dr. Knitlove: How I learned to stop procrastinating and KNIT THE SLEEVE.

I am a notorious sleeve hater. I was looking through my patterns last week and I decided that I knit and design a lot of long sleeved items for someone who dislikes sleeves so much. So, it isn’t so much that I don’t like sleeves, I just don’t like knitting them. Last week, I had finished 4 items, almost. They all needed sleeves. I had to get over it and I had to finish ALL THE SLEEVES.I did find a variety of ways to procrastinate before I finished them, though. Such as,

1. I made a chocolate pie, from scratch. Actually, I first bought a cookbook, paged through it and found a pie to make, and then made the pie.

2. Played Word Hero on my Kindle.

3. Looked for birthday presents for my 20 year old even though I know realistically that I am just giving him cash.

4. I searched for, bought, and started reading a new book on my Kindle.

5. Ravelry (enough said.)

6. Yarn shopping. To be more accurate, I found a pattern to knit my mother for her birthday in April. Then I researched yarn for the sweater, made a list of colors, researched shops these were available at, and then purchased said yarn.

7. I knit my son a Foxy hat.

8. Researched nail polish. I don’t even paint my nails. But, you know…someday, I might.


These are just a few things that I did. I finally decided that I needed to do it. I needed to bite the bullet. I needed to get it done already. I put the laptop away, I logged off the desktop, and I put my Kindle away. For hours and hours on end. I knit and knit and knit the sleeves. I took breaks for only the necessities of life like food, tea, sleeping, the bathroom, my teenage taxi service, and toddler cuddles. I emerged from my sleeve knitting marathon in just around 3 days total. Half the sleeves were Aran weight, so I guess that helped.  

So, what is my point here? I am really good at procrastinating. Oh, and when I reach that “point’ I can, get it done. I leave you with this picture of one of the sweaters. I may not “love” the sleeves, but I can “knit” them.



6 thoughts on “Dr. Knitlove: How I learned to stop procrastinating and KNIT THE SLEEVE.

  1. Love the title and the movie reference! But I can’t say I have the same problem (at least, not on the first sleeve). I usually find sleeves to be a cuter and more charming version of the sweater body. It’s only when I hit the second sleeve that the love affair starts to end. I’ll send some sleeve knitting happy thoughts your way if you still have any to finish up 🙂

  2. I really hate sleeves, too. When I am knitting a sweater, I make myself do the sleeves first, then the back and as a reward for good behavior, then I get to do the front, especially if it has an interesting pattern! In June, I broke my rule and knitted the back of a child’s cardigan first – it has been a real struggle to get the rest done! I followed the pattern, and I find patterns always put the sleeves last! I think it would be a good idea for pattern designers to put the sleeve pattern in as the first pattern, and then maybe we wouldn’t see so much sleeve phobia… Also, I make myself do two sleeves at a time on the one needle – that way I know they will turn out the same length!

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