” ‘t Is een hele trip, maar ik zal er komen… zo klim ik naar de Horizon”
~ Kleine Groene Kikker van Sesam Straat
I still remember how, as a little girl, encaptured I was by a tiny tiny little frog who was diligintly climbing a flower’s stem. It was struggling, sliding down every time again and again, but it persevered and climbed to the top. In the background you could hear an uppety song: “It is a struggle but I will get there. I am climbing to the horizon..!”
Gotta love Sesame street!
This fitted sleeve cap is slappin’ me around
My brains are fried. Fried I tell ya. How come? Fitted. Sleeve. Cap.
Ever since yesterday, I have got Fitted Sleeve Cap on my mind. With ever step I take, with every move I make, Fitted Sleeve Cap is on my mind.
I found interesting articles over at knitty.com about sleeve caps, I pulled out my books Vogue Knitting, Sweater Design in Plain English by Maggie Righetti and finally Designing Knitwear by Deborah Newton. I read and read, tried to understand that bell shaped fitted sleeve cap but to no avail. I could not wrap my brain around it and walked away frustrated.
Then that tiny tiny little frog from the past presented itself in my memory… and I find solace in what Deborah Newton is writing about fitted sleeve caps in her above mentioned book on page 50, chapter 3:
“I struggled through many projects before I understood the logistics of succesfully producing this type of fitted sleeve.”
After walking back and forth to the books and my project, I sit still, close my eyes and try to see that whole fitted sleeve cap thing in 3-D. The bell shapes I see in the books do not make sense to me, they are too flat so I pull out my 3-D imagination.
In my mind, I shape the bell form of the fitted sleeve cap and gently fold it over my shoulder in order for it to fit my armhole. With that image in my mind I draw out the fitted sleeve cap, cut it out and fold it.
Now I can view it from every angle.
Phew… it finally makes sense to me! And now comes the knitting part… Wish me luck!