Thursday, October 7, 2010

Rib-it

A bigger woman than I would just admit she's been lazy and distracted, but I'm totally going to blame the weather for not blogging for the past two weeks.

After the soul-killing record heat, the temperature abruptly plunged fifty degrees overnight and the sky opened up with pouring rain for two straight days. The startling temperature change wreaked havoc on traffic, tempers, and sinuses, and there has not been a day in the past two weeks when some member of my family was not sick.

The weather also substantially interfered with my blogging, since I wasn't about to go outside in 110 degree heat to take photos, and pouring rain and fog aren't conducive to great photography, either.

Today, however, it is 70 degrees and clear--just beautiful, actually--and so I have photos to share, and advice to ask.

This is Ribby in progress:

I got to this point a couple of weeks ago and stalled out. The problem is, I can't decide whether to go sleeveless, cap sleeve, or elbow length.

You can see here that I started to make a sleeve on this side. I tried it on when I got this far and my husband immediately announced it needed to be sleeveless. (He says I have great shoulders--gotta love that man!)

This is the sleeveless side. If I don't do sleeves, I'll do some sort of edging here, either a little bit of ribbing or a crochet trim to make the straps wider and more substantial.

My goal for this is a top I can wear in a conservative, formal office environment under a jacket, but that won't be inappropriate if I take off my jacket at my desk. So whaddaya think: sleeveless, cap sleeves, or elbow length?

22 comments:

Susanne said...

This is great, perfect for a work environment even sleeveless. I would prefer cap sleeve.

sophanne said...

I'm going with sleeveless too. Just because you have great shoulders doesn't mean they're inappropriate for a work environment.

Wollgut said...

I think the cap sleeve looks cute, but cute is perhaps not what you're going for at work. Since you have great shoulders, show them off! Look at Michelle Obama--she goes sleeveless and looks very classy and elegant.

Renee said...

Sleeveless looks really good, but if you want to take your jacket off at your desk - at least a capped sleeve would be more appropriate. Unless you wanted to layer it with a short sleeved blouse under it? Then stay sleeveless.

rebkatz said...

I love it. I personally hate cap sleeves so will vote for either sleeves or no sleeves. I think that sleeves might be uncomfortable under a jacket, but they will be super cute. I think the deciding factor should be how much time you anticipate wearing a blazer over the sweater. The more time wearing a blazer, the stronger the vote towards sleeveless.

trek said...

Cap sleeves. Definitely.

Steph said...

I like the sleeves, although I haven't seen it with the "great shoulders", so I can't be impartial. I love the middle section, the way it emphasizes where the waist is and makes it look curvy!

pdxknitterati/MicheleLB said...

Sleeveless! I'm not a fan of cap sleeves, because I have broad shoulders and feel linebacker-y in them. But your mileage may vary; I think you are more angular than I am.

Whatever you do, I think it will look smashing! I love the way the waist undulates.

Maureen said...

I vote for cap sleeve. Beautiful shade of blue, by the way :)

knitzalot said...

Cap sleeves, definitely.

Tracy said...

Sleeveless. But if you still aren't convinced maybe you ought to try it on under your jacket to see if caps or any length of sleeve would even be possible and not put too much bulk across the shoulder blades.

CrazyVet said...

I like the sleeveless option best, it looks neater and you can wear it on colder days on top of a shirt. IMO there's nothing wrong with it for a work environment, it's not spaggheti straps and the cleavage is not too generous, but you should feel comfortable with it and that's the most important thing, so go with you inner feeling.

5elementknitr said...

I vote cap sleeves!

marit said...

Either way it looks faboulous!

Fibra Artysta said...

Personally, I think you should do cap sleeves since you want to wear it in an office.

Knitcoach said...

I like the cap sleeve.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

I like the cap sleeve- but I'm partial to cap sleeve so I'm a little biased. I do think it will look good sleeveless too.

Maggie O said...

Sleeveless with great shoulder- powerful! I love it.

Romi said...

IMHO, elbow length for a formal office. My rule of thumb: if you need to ask people's opinions, you don't feel completely comfortable, so you should go with the more conservative option because only you know your office. :)

kmkat said...

Cap sleeve for a modicum of modesty in the office environment.

Sharon said...

I think cap sleeves would look great on this sweater!

mkonieczki said...

I love the shaping around the neck on this sweater! I agree that it could easily stand alone as a sleeveless piece. I don't think I would like it with a full sleeve of any length. But, I think the cap-sleeve is the perfect compromise!