Thank you all for your sympathetic ears and letting me whine so much. Aside from a cold I’m feeling more human again.
I spoke to Mr. Fishtrap himself and he described the sleeve problem like so: “When I first put it on, everything’s fantastic. A few hours later the sleeves have crept down to my knuckles. So then I start yanking them up and that’s probably not helping is it?”
No, definately not helping. I suggested putting it in the dryer with a damp towel to un-relax the fibers, but that’s not too helpful halfway through a busy workday. I have come to grips with the fact that I chose a poor yarn for the project (yarn whisperer, where were you?) and realized that shortening the sleeves may cure the symptoms, but not the actual problem.
As I lay awake with my toothy face hurting, I channeled my inner-EZ and realized I could A) knit in a snow-cuff in firmer wool. Or B) tighten the cuffs with elastic thread.
The sleeves are going to stretch, they just need to be held in place.
I’ve decided on tightening things up with elastic thread. It will involve un-sewing the cuff hems and doing the elastic magic before sewing them back up, but that’s a lot less work than un-sewing and snipping and raveling and re-knitting!
Of course I haven’t done it yet, but at least there’s a plan!
In other news, well, there is no other news. I do intend to make up some shawl collar stuff for everyone, but right now, I’m going to continue taking my little break and work on what makes me happy.