Well, the brocade knitting is complete. I admit that the back and forth for the front and back were tedious, but that is over now. I like to add the collar before sewing on the arms because there is less to throw around as I knit around the neck. I tend to pick up too many stitches so right now the collar stands up like a mock turtleneck.
I'm not sure I like that. I'll sew the arms on and if I decide to change those arms will swing around as the new collar goes on.
So it goes...
When the tedium became too much I continued on with the new slip stitch project. The garter ridges and nubs work well for this combination of yarns. The first sleeve went fast and I was enchanted with the resulting fabric.
So enchanted that I did not fully realize the number of ends involved. I truly considered pulling this apart and throwing it all away. Shame on the professional designer and shame on me for not figuring out a better solution to this.
Still, it's awfully nice is a woodsy sort of way. It is much nicer looking in person.