Posted on June 21, 2004 at 6:09 pm

So many things going. . .can’t decide. . .knit three rows. . .want to make gloves. . .want to knit baby sweater. . .want to finish SOMETHING!
Ah, knitting angst.  When I started writing this blog, I thought that with some complete strangers looking over  my shoulder, that I would knit a litle faster and a little better and actually get some more accomplished.  Kind of like Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel. But instead, my knitting has developed a life of its own, and I’ve found myself caught up in the compulsion to knit for the blog.   As Stephanie the Harlot has said many times, "Must Feed the Blog." I find myself with five projects on the needles, and not a finished object within sight.  This has got to stop.

So I have two weeks vacation coming up in July in a cabin in Michigan, with childcare.  I have two weeks knitting freedom.  Here is my solemn vow.  I will take the lacy shawl and the linen drape sweater with me to finish, because they are meditative and easy to pack.  And in the meantime, I will work on the Insomnia Monster sleeves.  Now.  I have a question to ask of you. 

I cooked this up on Paint to look at my options for the sleeves.  On the right, is the sleeve as envisioned by the original pattern, with the red keyhole pattern at the cuffs.  This is nice, but my antipathy for knitting this part of the sleeves has served as a very effective deterrent for my casting on.  On the left is the sleeve with a simple repeat of the straight fair-isle pattern.  So here’s my question: Is the right side so much more attractive and consistent with the body of the sweater than the left that I should just hunker down and do as the pattern dictates?  Or is the left just fine, or in fact better looking than the right, and I should feel free to just go with it? 
Please weigh in on this you lurkers.  I need some advice.