Monday, January 07, 2008

Facing Your Fears

So I finished the Lotus Cardigan on New Year's Eve, and since then it has been sitting in a plastic bag neatly folded and waiting...

Waiting to be seamed. Which I've never done before. Well, I did once. My first sweater, knit with acrylic yarn, trimmed in fun fur, in a gauge so loose it looked like crochet. Yep, I tried to sew that one up, but then the complete horror of the project hit me, and that project "went away."

For a while I was thinking of sending the cardigan to my mom, because I knew she would do it for me. She'd even knit up the neckline and add the button (without asking). But then I thought that now is the time. I've accomplished a lot as a knitter in the past 3 years. Time to take the next step.

I pulled out Stitch N Bitch, my go-to book for knitting basics, and looked at the section on seaming. It was very brief. The pictures were pretty clear. Could it be as simple as that?

So I sat down with a honking tapestry needle and worked for an hour, and lo and behold, I attached the sleeve to the body. And it even looked good! Not great, but it was a fine, fine attempt. I'm very happy with it, and hope to have this sweater finished by the end of the week.

In the meantime, I finished a pair of Cardigan Socks. The pattern is from Anne, of Knitspot. Anne is the maestro of stitch patterns. Everything she works seems so complete and balanced. I like these socks a lot. The yarn is BMFA Socks That Rock Mediumweight, in colorway Lovers Leap. I think that color is discontinued, but I bought a bunch before it went away, since it's such a perfectly true red. I'm very pleased with the finished pair.

Next up is a pair of Garter Rib (Charlene Schurch) socks, knit in bellamoden sport. The color is Fahrenheit 451 and it comes from the Loopy Ewe. I loved how this yarn looked on the skein, and it looks exactly the same knit up. These socks are going fast--they'll be done by the end of the week.

I've pitched a few more yarns from my stash!

Ravelry stash count--110


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1 comment:

anne said...

oh i LOVE your cardigan socks! bravo!
i enjoy seaming very much and i was excited to see that you are learning how and liking it. your sleeve seam looks great; wait til you steam it . . it will look even better.
it's very satisfying to have a finished sweater with beautiful seams.