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January 24, 2005

Finishing Frame of Mind

alt_hereDo you, inquiring reader, ever ponder the age old knitting question -- why is it so easy to knit an entire sweater, yet so difficult to finish the darn thing?  nona's put some thought into this very question and has come to the conclusion that finishing is really a different process and a different set of skills -- more akin to sewing.  Most knitters are drawn to the rhythm of knitting and not to the precision of sewing.  We can calmly knit for hours, but have to force ourselves to sit still long enough to sew side seams or to pickup neckline stitches.

On the topic of sewing, nona once tried her hand at sewing a maternity dress.  My nesting instinct must have been in overdrive.  Upon completion I modeled the thing -- I mean dress -- for nona-hubby.  nona-hubby -- who is always very encouraging -- encouraged nona to wear the dress only in the privacy of our own home.  But I digress...

Today, I psyched myself up to finish my Gyrid sweater, which is now lying on the floor of my bedroom under a wet towel.  And although finishing can be a bit boring, there is something magical about that mattress stitch.  So at the end of the day, nona had a nice little MCS and another empty UFO knitting bag.

The magical mattress stitch, where's the seam?

January 24, 2005 in Dealing With UFOs | Permalink


Speaking of having the correct knitting attire, ie. bag. You have truly inspired me. I am in the midst of knitting a bag, much like the bag nona made for nona-niece petite. I have coveted that bag ever since I first saw it last year. I am excited to say (take a moment for a little MCS) I have finished knitting and am about to felt it. I can't wait for nona-neice petite to see it.

Posted by: friend of nona sister the eldest | Jan 25, 2005 5:14:15 PM

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