When I knit a sweater, I always knit a swatch first. If I can, I really like the sleeve-as-swatch approach. Somehow it just feels like I'm more productive that way. Y'know . . . moving forward right out of the gates and all. (Even though I end up knitting more than two sleeves for one sweater sometimes.)
Anyway, I decided to apply that same logic to my big (and really rather overwhelming) Alabama Chanin wrap dress project: Start with the Sleeves.
This is a big project with many pieces and a complex stencil. I'm using the sleeves to kind of find my way with the stitching and the cutting and the beading.
The sleeves are manageable pieces to work with, both to handle for the stitching and to look at. Because it's hard to find your way at the beginning of a project like this one. (And after the inspiration of the Alabama Chanin workshop I attended last fall, the ideas are just . . . oozing!)
One stitch at a time.
Dreaming and scheming as I go.
(It looks a lot different before it's cut, doesn't it?)
(That beaded bit right there? So far, it's my favorite part!)
You can learn a lot from a sleeve or two, y'know?
How about you? What's your approach to a big project? Where do you start?