My new sweater experiment was moving along so nicely, until it happened. I got struck by SSSSS. You might think that SSSSS is some kind of variety of the infamous SSS (Second Sock Syndrome), just with two extra S:es for added Spice. It's not. (But you should have figured that out, since it concerns a sweater...) This horrible ailment, SSSSS, is the dreaded Seriously Slow Second Sleeve Syndrome! If I remember correctly, the Yarn Harlot talks about the "black hole of knitting". You knit and knit and knit, but the project just doesn't get any longer (or wider) no matter what you do. The black hole of knitting is sucking in all the stitches!
My sleeve had advanced almost all the way to the elbow when the SSSSS-attack came, and now I just can't seem to knit fast enough to beat the black hole-effect. I knit 10 rows, the sleeve is at the elbow. I knit 10 more rows, the darn sleeve is still at the elbow. I knit furiously like a madwoman, almost setting fire to the needles, the flaming sleeve is... you guessed it... at the elbow! I give up! I think I need to let it sit for a while, and maybe the black hole will move on to something more interesting.
I also got a bad case of CCC-syndrome today. And what is THAT, you ask. Well, if you like shopping for yarn online (and who doesn't) it's likely that you've either had CCC or will get it in the future. Crying Credit Card -syndrome. In my defense, it wasn't all for me. I got some really nice things for my Secret Pal, and I just couldn't resist getting something for myself too. I'm only human, after all. (With magic knitting powers, but still)
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I'm not posting any pictures of the sweater experiment today, because it's just not possible to get decent pictures in this gloomy weather. Now I have to get back to my sleeve, and check if the SSSSS is any better. Fingers crossed!