It seems some lessons are never learned.
Some weeks ago I got a bee up my bonnet about raglan sleeves. Said I hated them and would never wear them. I should know better. Since that time it seems that everything that catches my eye has a raglan sleeve. Not only that I actually want to figure out how to fit them correctly. Perhaps my reactionary peevishness was just a reflection of some internal shift. Generally I am a firm believer in the adage "never say never", and I should know by now that every time I get myself all worked up about something I don't want to accept, it actually means I'm right on the cusp of letting go of some long held bias.
Frances, over at Materfamilias Writes, called me on it. She asked if I liked raglan sleeves in a sweater, and so doing she made me think (egads!). I do have a raglan sleeve sweater that I love. It is this one:
Linden, knit in 2009. If you want to be reminded of the details you can find them here. This sweater is a bit warm for Knoxville, but it saw quite a bit of use this winter and I do believe it has a future as a winter jacket on warmer winter days. Here is a picture of me wearing it at that time. The fit isn't perfect, but I love it anyway. Hopefully my next raglan sweater will be even better.
Yes, there will be a next raglan sweater. I have started a collection of them over on my ravelry page and have plans to knit something up for this summer. In the meantime, don't hold your breath. I've still got to work my way through several small projects.