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  1. Ahaha of course it’s been a week. I ended up working a six-day stretch, and I’ve had two migraines. (Actually I still have yesterday’s migraine, but whatever. I should log it like my doctor told me to.) Anyway! This is what I ripped back to: And it will rip back the usual way from here, except for the edge stitches: I don’t know if this photo helps you see better what’s going on on the edge, but I have to basically unthread the yarn from that edge stitch, and it doesn’t leave a live stitch to work with; it just lets me rip back the next row down. The strand going behind the needle between my fingers is the working end of the yarn. I did undo the edge on the other side in order to get an even row of stitches, but now the edge stitch on that side is pretty loose. And the edge is also not a full column of stitches: Maybe it’s fine? I overthink things. There’s a decrease a few rows down, so it’s kind of like another decrease row? I guess I’m mainly worried it will make the seam wonky when I sew it back up, since it’s right on the edge.
  2. Yes, the yarn is held triple, and each individual yarn is made of of six strands of tiny two-ply, so it’s actually very dense (but it’s cotton/acrylic, so it is pretty soft). It’s flat, not in the round, and I actually got it ripped all the back to the stockinette part of the sleeve before I even posted, but I do have a whole other cuff that will need to be done. Just looking at the knitting on the untouched sleeve, it looks like it should be totally normal knitting. I’m basically set to re-knit the first cuff, except that my width doesn’t match because of the weird selvedge; it’s about a stitch short. (And I have to get out the door for work, so I’m gonna post another pic later that better shows what’s going on with that.)
  3. This is not my knitting; it is a store-bought sweater that I decided to “improve”: Actually, three or four rows of the neck are my knitting, because I successfully altered that part (it was a huge, super-bulky turtleneck that threatened to suffocate me every time I put it on). Then I decided the cuffs were also too bulky, especially for how short my arms are and how much I had to fold them up. The problem is, when I went to frog said cuffs, it didn’t rip out like any knitting I’ve ever seen. i dunno if you can see in the picture how the live stitch is not just pulled through the stitch below, but actually looped through it. It’s weird, and at some point I clearly got frustrated and chucked the whole thing in a bag for “later.” Well, it’s later all right. Almost twenty years later 😂. Anyway, I pulled it out of the closet last night thinking surely it doesn’t even fit me anymore, and maybe I can repurpose the yarn to make an Ursa. I swatched with some of the extra yarn from the turtleneck, and it’s not the right gauge for an Ursa, but the original sweater does, in fact, still fit! So now I’ve decided to finish what I started with the cuffs. I’ve gotten it down to one nice, even row, but there’s still weirdness on the edges (the sleeve was seamed): That stitch on the edge can’t be picked up and unknit like a normal knit stitch; like the photo above, it seems to be sewn through, and if I undo it, it doesn’t leave another live stitch—the working yarn just goes back to the regular knitting. It does that on both edges. I’ve decided the best thing to do at this point is to ignore it since I don’t need to rip back any farther, but I have a few questions: 1) Should I continue flat and seam it up the way it was originally done, or should I re-seam it up to the live stitches and continue in the round? 2) Do I need to add a new stitch on each edge to match the width up to that weird selvedge? And 3) When I go to do the other sleeve, I was thinking of going in and picking up the row of stitches I want to go back to before taking anything out, and then just cutting it off a little above that, instead of trying to rip it back. Does that sound like a good strategy considering the circumstances? I have plenty of yarn ripped out from the turtleneck, so I can afford to lose some working yarn here. I appreciate any advice anyone might have for me!
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