I know a lot of people struggle with knitting sleeves. I've certainly heard of Sleeve Island; I've just never visited before now. But folks--I'm there.
(And trek? I swear this is brown yarn. It even says "Nature's Brown" right on the label. My camera can't read and refuses to acknowledge any tone but grey. Honest.)
I think it's the 3x3 ribbing. I'm pretty sure I've knitted at least a mile of it, but I don't seem to be getting any closer to the end. I've been thisclose to finishing the second sleeve for two days, but I've fallen into the knitting time warp and I can't get up. I've started to resent my freakishly long arms. If I had arms that were even close to a normal length, I'd be done by now. But no--I have the Stretch Armstrong version. (Really. I make my sleeves 21" from the underarm to the cuff. And my arms are less than 11" around at their thickest point. My husband calls them "tendrils". If my head were bigger, I could totally play a movie alien and no one would know the difference.)
I am rather proud of my sleeve caps, though.
Instead of working the sleeves flat and sewing them in, I picked up and did a short row cap before knitting around to the cuff. The ribbing sits perfectly in the armhole with no puckering or lumpiness at all. And not having to do any sewing is a big bonus. (If you're making this sweater, as some of you have indicated you plan to, I'll be happy to share how I did this. Just drop me a line and I'll email you directions.)
I have high hopes of finishing this sleeve today and moving on to the collar. (More 3x3 ribbing. *sigh*) Then it's just (yeah, right, "just") the pockets and zippers and this one will be all zipped up!