The Knitterly Hooker

Posts Tagged ‘seaming’

Purple Rain

In knitting, stash busting on November 12, 2014 at 8:18 pm

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I’ve had this Cascade Magnum for a few months, from at least the Spring. I’ve been thinking of what I’d make from the day I bought it. I love the richness of the color! So, here I am, some 6 months later, making a cowl. This cowl is the beginnings of my Christmas knitting.

I learned a new cast on for a hat I wanted to make and decided to practice on this. It’s the twisted German cast on and it was pretty simple.  The Twisted German cast on it actually a stretchy cast on and I thought the cowl was a great item to practice on.

I’ll have to seam it.I don’t mind knitting flat anymore. The cowl is being knit on 35’s…Strange and uncomfortable, but doable. I was told it would take an hour to knit….not hardly, or maybe I’m just a slow knitter and enjoying this break I took to knit.

The Finisher Gets Paid The Most…

In crochet, knitting on August 21, 2013 at 9:27 pm

… And with good reason too. It’s a very time consuming, detailed oriented type of work. I mean, really! What’s the point of knitting these fabulous pieces and the finishing is a wreck? It defeats the whole purpose of making whatever you’re making because now you can’t wear it due to poor finishing. Whew! That was a lot! I’m pretty sure though that this is a historically true fact… Beginning with the fashion industry; the finishing makes it breaks a piece. It can cost you money or make you money. Being a finisher is a labor of love… It really is…

My finishing skill happens as pleasant surprises on occasion, but I think I have gotten better over the years and YouTube serves as a great refresher course … I’ve definitely had my seaming horrors. It’s nice to know though, that your friends think of you highly enough to finish their projects for them.

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Above is the beginning of the seaming process for a friends raglan sweater. About 2 weeks ago (+) she requested me to finish the sweater. She has already started with the pieces pinned together but didn’t want the hassle. I can (and I’m sure you can also) relate. And besides, I’m sure she didn’t want this to be another UFO… She had a deadline to meet. Once the body is seamed, she will take over with the neck ribbing and embellishment. I have to say, she did a beautiful job making this sweater and sweater edges were pretty neat/smooth, and making my job a lot easier.

When she presented me with this task I was shocked but also honored. The cutest thing was when she handed me this pattern booklet from like 1970 and it was in pieces! The pages holding on for dear life! Lol We had a good laugh together and I taped it up for her.

I got to work on it starting 8/7/13 or thereabouts and at that point I’d done only one seam on one 1/2 of the body. I finished this up on 8/19/13. I swear to you, I seamed one of the shoulders like 10 times because it would not cooperate. It turned out really well, if I say so myself. She was in utter disbelief and amazement, all at the same time when I presented her with it. That made me feel good.

I didn’t get to take many pics, but she obliged my request and sent some fantastic ones!

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My reward was this beautiful card (and also a sweet treat inside, part of which, I was not expecting) … So fitting for an occasion such as this! Lol I absolutely love this card! I asked where to get it so I can stock up… It’s from Walgreens but from a little while ago. I’m still going to check… Keeping hope alive! Do you know all have ideas of where to get cute knitting related note cards such as this? Do tell.

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Let me know if I’m a decent enough finisher or if I need more work on my skills. How do you all do with finishing?