Thursday, January 1, 2015

More Sleeves


When I was growing up in the 70's, everybody--including me--wanted a puffy down vest, even though they have always perplexed me. I actually find vests confusing, because my arms are the coldest thing on me, and all I've ever really wanted, apart from being one of the cool vest kids, was to have more sleeves. More sleeves, less coat. A coatless sleeve, instead of the other way around. The puffy down vest makes a regular fashion comeback, I notice, and I still don't really understand it. Aren't your arms freezing? Mine are. Thank goodness, as always, for knitting. The (so easy! So easy you won't believe it!) pattern is here. I used a precious skein of Dream in Color Smooshy in the very "Lemongrass"-ish color "Chameleon" on US 2 dpns. I put them on the minute the last end was woven in, and I haven't taken them off yet.

 

36 comments:

  1. I would never take them off if I had some! My arms and hands are always cold. I am finishing a pair of fingerless mitts and believe me, I may sleep with them on :) Hope you are having a wonderful beginning of a new year!
    Deb

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  2. I´m always freezing on hands and arms !! Vests are great .... because they allow me to use wristwarmers ;-))

    happy knitting
    Angelika

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  3. My husband has the very same thing (not knitted) for trail running - sometimes he runs at altitude through the night when it gets cold, his body stays warm as he's moving but his arms strangely enough get cold. They sell the lycra ones here (Chamonix) in sports shops but they are very expensive and not nearly as nice as yours!!!

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  4. They look lovely - unfortunately I can't knit (it is on my resolution list) so I may have to crochet myself a pair. I love the colour you chose.

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  5. They are gorgeous! I, too, don't understand vests, but then it is my *upper* arms that get cold, so I can't win either way! Full sleeves all the way for me, I suppose.

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  6. Totally agree about the vest thing! Love your cosy sleeves.

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  7. Gorgeous, soft, cosy and a lovely colour....and a beautiful photo too! I so agree with you about the down vest thing....how cold my arms feel in them, and how much I wish for them to have sleeves.... Looking forward to visiting here in 2015. Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year.
    Helen xox

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  8. Yeah, I've never understood the concept of a sleeveless coat...I mean, uh? Love these - want a pair!! Jen

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  9. I love the lack of bulk with a vest, especially for shopping. I've been chuckling over how "lemongrass" has invaded your otherwise neutral palette. I'm a color person--you'll rarely find beige in my stash.

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  10. Kristen, first of all, a Happy New Year to you!

    Now, I agree with you about the importance of sleeves. I always thought those down vests were for layering over heavy sweaters (sweaters with sleeves, of course) and that such vests were more popular in places where folks drive cars to their various destinations, rather than walk.

    Your new golden sleeves are lovely! xo

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  11. Frankly I have never understood vests either. My arms are cold and so are my fingers, thus the perplexing fingerless mitts that I have made many of. I know we need our fingers free but they still get cold. Love your kntting.
    Happy New Year,
    Meredith

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  12. I, too was a teenager in the 70's! Down coats, waffle stompers and sweaters over the shoulders with the sleeves tied at the neck in front. Love the color!
    Sheila
    http://sheilazachariae.blogspot.com/2014/12/basket-weave-cowl-pattern.html

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  13. Those are so cool looking I want a pair but I live in Florida!! Happy New Year!!

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  14. I have made wrist warmers that ended up being a bit longer of course, but haven't made sleeves, great idea. I do love vests tho', it's my lower back that ends up cold too, so the vest keeps that part warm and cozy while the rest of me is perfect temp. :) Hard to regulate this furnace lately tho' being 55, it's all hormonal!!!! Happy New Year!

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  15. These are great. I'm also more sleeve than vest person. Now i really must try the dpns thing again. your heading picture is gorgeous You've no idea how good this looks from the middle of summer. Keep warm.

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  16. YES!!! I always have cold arms! (I also do not understand the cute mitts that people wear - I use my hands so much in my daily work that even rings are almost in the way). I just gave up on vests. I'm going to make these sleeves - absolutely. I'm a very basic knitter and I'm pretty sure I can handle these. thanks for the inspiration!

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  17. Yes! I agree completely. I have made so many fingerless mitts for people who wear them all the time. They like them for texting, etc. My fingers freeze. Absolutely freeze, just like my arms freeze in the vests.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  18. I tend to wear vests because I have a thing against bulky coats. Here in TX vests are perfect with a sweater underneath because it's just not that cold. But now I think i'm going to have to make myself some sleeves! You and your ideas always seem to make my to do list longer and longer!

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  19. First off, the new snowy header picture is great. No wonder you need knitted sleeves, it's bloody cold there! I admit to owning 3 different colored vests. Too warm here most of the time for a full coat.
    The yarn color you used is like sunshine. Good choice :)

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  20. I have a sleeveless vest and yup guess what I now have freezing arms when we go out - not sure how it's supposed to work but these are now on my list to make

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  21. I wish I could knit in the round without it looking like a 3 year old did it (ladders! ugh!). these are lovely! I, too, had a down vest. Early 80's, and it was deep purple. I loved it.

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  22. They look pretty cool ( I mean warm!) Jo xx

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  23. Simply fabulous.
    Gorgeous colour, too.
    Xxx

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  24. Tell me the secret of DPNs? I'm hopeless with them. Circular needles and I get along great, but once DPNs enter the frame it's pretty much over....

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    1. I always just focus on the two needles "active" at the time, and ignore the other three, which helps with the feeling that you have a million sticks to deal with. I also give the first two stitches on each needle an extra tug to help eliminate the laddering that can appear between the needles. :)

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  25. At last - someone who thinks like me about vests!! I actually muse to myself every so often about why anyone would want a sleeveless garment to keep them warm. Love your gloves and a good solution to keeping your arms warm.

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  26. I like your sleeves very much.
    Just started knitting handwermers myself. I think I'll make them longer than I first intended (your influence)

    You can have a look here (two last pictures of the post):
    http://www.homeiswherethedachshundis.blogspot.be/2015/01/koekskeskoek-en-duurzame-mok.html

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  27. Oh.My. Gosh. I just had this exact conversation with my Mom and Sister a week ago. I remember wearing one in the 80's and it not bothering me. Now I am totally perplexed by the idea. You put it so succinctly!!!
    shan

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  28. Yes, the most impractical things come round again & again! My daughter came home from uni sporting one a few weeks back but all it has done is hang on the peg as it is far too wet & cold for wearing up here!! Your sleeves look very warm & cosy, have a great week :-)
    Helen

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  29. Hi. I love these! Did you knit them on circular needles or have a seam? I'm English so don't know what dpns are!

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    1. Dpns (double-pointed needles) are the needles used for making a tube--they're a set of four or five sticks with a point on each end. You could do these sleeves on straight needles with a seam if you wanted, or any of the other methods out there for working a tube (magic loop, two circs, double-knitting) but dpns are the easiest for me. :)

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  30. I tend to only wear a vest if the weather is mild enough to allow for a sweatshirt/sweater/fleece with maybe the need for a bit (in comes the vest!) LOVE those knit sleeves though - they're heavenly :-)

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