Friday, November 16, 2007

Jumper jigsaw

The pieces are knitted and the time comes to put it all together. It seems to have taken much longer to get this far than knitting a toddler jumper should have but I am blaming the little stitches for this, as I'm sure that I've not been slacking off - much. Ravelry may have something to answer for though as it is definitely 'getting sidetracked' central.
I quite like sewing up. There is something satisfying about seeing the bits come together as a garment and I don't really understand why so many people put it off; who wants a bundle of knitting hiding away at the bottom of their workbox making them feel guilty when they could have a FO to gaze at lovingly. Yes it can take a while but I think it's always worth doing carefully, as it would be rubbish to have a beautifully knitted something spoiled because your seam was wonky or you left a knot showing through. And you just know that someone somewhere is going to take a sneaky peek at the inside.

Joining the shoulder seams on Devan is to be done with the three needle bind off - which is something new to me. Despite the fancy lace and cabled knitting that I have produced, as it seems to me that there is always a new technique to learn and I am still very much still on the learning curve, after all, it was only about 4 or 5 years ago that I seriously decided to try to become an 'expert' knitter.

It strikes me as funny though when I compare this feeling of relative novice-ness at knitting to my 'years of experience' at crochet. My mum taught crochet classes at the primary school before I started there and she used to take me with her and I would go along with her. I remember vividly laughing at one boy's efforts (very mean and insensitive of me, I know!) and informing him that he was doing it too tightly. But despite getting on for thirty years experience at crochet, I actually only know how to do a couple of stitches. Which just goes to show that it doesn't matter how long you've been doing something if you don't push your boundaries. So if you'll excuse me, I'm off to go and look up three needle bind offs.

7 comments:

LittleBerry said...

it's looking nice Helen, your cat seems to approve too ;o) I only did a 3 needle bind off last week when I finished Ene's scarf, very simple and effective....

Kai said...

3 needle bind-off, nope not tried that yet.. eek!

all the pieces are looking lovely though :D

modelwidow said...

The sweater is going to be lovely. If Mr C will let you have it back to finish that is.

clarabelle said...

Don't worry, Helen, the 3-needle bind off is a cinch! So many of these techniques sound like they're going to be humungously difficult, but they just ain't once you get down to it.

I agree very much with the sewing up thing - I can't stand to leave things unfinished, yet the actual process of sewing up doesn't do much for me. I'd love someone to do it for me!

The jumper is turning out beautifully! Great mix of colours.

kathryn said...

Wow!! What fantastic colours!!

Piglottie said...

I'm always amazed too by how much there is to learn with knitting. Although crochet defeats me :)

Riggwelter said...

the colours in that sweater look wonderful, looking forward to seeing it finished.

Good luck with you 3 needle bind off.