Call me Nancy Kerrigan, I think I get the Silver.

I’m not going to finish by the end of closing ceremonies, I don’t think. When was the cut off time? Okay, whatever. Fine. No big. I basically did what I set out to do, which is knit a sweater. Albeit, a small sweater. I’ll probably be done with it by the end of the weekend, anyway.

In the process, I have run into some problems and learned some things and it has been interesting overall.

The obvious thing that’s come up in the finishing process is, my gauge is way different on the front panels to the back and also the sleeves. The measurements of certain bits aren’t matching up where they need to be matching. I was knitting way tighter when I did the back panel. I’m like, half an inch off in some places. This is a problem.

What did I learn? I learned that if I’m going to knit things like sweaters and garments where fit matters and pieces need to be a certain size, then I must check my gauge frequently during the knitting process and pay attention to my tension throughout. Make sure those measurements match up and things line up. The funny thing is? The looser fabric that’s a little off gauge is actually nicer. Dammit.

I also learned to do a mattress stitch and a few other finishing techniques. It doesn’t look very nice in spots. I mean, if I were to be totally honest, I’d have to say that my seams kinda look like arse. And not in an oh baby, what a nice arse way. My mattress stitch seams look nothing like the ones in the knitty tutorial. I think I picked up the wrong loops? Also, we do not want to get into those back raglan seams. I don’t know what was going on there. Obviously, my technique needs refining. To remedy this one, I think I’m going to knit some swatches and practice finishing techniques, seaming and such, once this is finished, and before I cast on for Rogue. My LYS has a class in finishing, I really should take it.

So there you are. It was a tremendously valuable learning thing overall. I’m a better knitter today than I was two weeks ago and that was the point. So I’m just gonna let it go and hey, if I don’t get a button for my blog, whatever. I was sitting here killing myself to finish and I just put the damn thing down, realizing that those seams will look even MORE arselike if I rush it. I got sick yesterday and I was sick all last night and I’ve been sick all today. And that’s cool. I kept knitting anyway. I think it’s more in the spirit to set it down and pick it up tomorrow if that means it’ll be done right.

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2 Responses to Call me Nancy Kerrigan, I think I get the Silver.

  1. Lucia says:

    Totally with you on this one. I learned a ton as well, and also had seam issues. Being ignorant of many things and prone to sloth, I needed a push to challenge myself. That’s what it’s all about.

  2. Will Pillage For Yarn says:

    Lucia, I love what you said in your blog. “Sew seams.” ha! Yeah. Okay. Yeah. I’ll do that, Ms. Designer. Cos it’s SO intuitive. Bleh.

    One thing that I noticed with my little sweater is that once it was washed and blocked out a little, those seams really looked a lot better. So I guess the other side of hte lesson is that it isn’t really finished till it’s *finished* and you shouldn’t judge your work too harshly till then.

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