Saturday, August 23, 2008

Taking time to cross the line

I've needed a little time to find the mental (and physical - that kitchen table was messy) space to start some seaming. I knew I needed to take it slowly to get it as neat as possible. My first seamed garment definitely suffered from being sewn up while I was scrunched on the sofa just thinking about having it finished ASAP. Mum's cardigan looked a lot more professional for simply having some time and space dedicated to the finishing of it so that was the approach I wanted for Moonlight. Finding that time and space has proved tricky in the last few months, Moonlight has been at the 'sweater in a bag - just add seaming' stage since May and Iris has actually leapfrogged it for some attention. It may not be the best summer ever but it's still (just about) more suited to a cotton shrug than a large, woollen cardigan. So with all equipment to hand I sat down, took a deep breath and slowly got on with the tasks at hand. I sewed in the loose ends, added a row to the back of the neck, steam blocked the pieces and then wielded the needle in earnest. It was definitely the right approach for Iris and I; there's a surprising amount of stitching in a little shrug! Whenever I got a bit twitchy and tempted to be slap dash about it I just broke off and did something else. I think that you must use different parts of your brain for knitting and for sewing as my ability and concentration for the latter is not at all developed. I suppose it's just a question of practice; my knitting has improved so much from when I started but my tendency to make socks and other items with minimal finishing mean that skill set is lagging way behind. Anyway, this morning I got the finishing finished and we just headed out for the joy that is the blog photo shoot. Me pleading for flattering angles, my beloved more interested in photos of the garden and cats. Good job we had a good creative director on hand for this one.Pattern: Iris from Rowan 35
Yarn: Rowan Calmer, Refresh - just over 5 balls

Needles: 4.5mm and 5mm bamboo straights
Started: 15 June 2008
Finished: 23 August 2008Notes: Simple knit with nice shaping touches for the front. If I were to make again I would try and do the shoulder slope slightly differently and do a three needle bind off with the fronts. The back neck edge is also a little ragged so I would change the decreases here. The front and back edges roll a little which I may be able to control with some fiercer action with the iron but an extra couple of rows of garter stitch wouldn't hurt. These are pretty minor niggles though, all in all I'm very happy, it's the best fitting thing I've made so far, a really useful addition to my wardrobe and the Calmer feels gorgeous: plump and soft.

19 comments:

Kai said...

Great job! Iris is stunning and it's good to 'see' you! *waves*

I'm a 'don't-like-sewing-but-then-
enjoy-it-when-I-have-to-do-it' person. But taking it steady and slow is definitely the right way to go about it.

ambermoggie said...

very good and I love the colour on you:)

Marianne said...

Oh Yeah! Fabulous knit and seam up! and again with the colour being so beautiful with you!
Great photos all.

T. said...

Looks great - I love the colour.

raining sheep said...

Yeah, great job. Beautiful. That blue is so great and I love pieces like that, which can be layered over things. Nice, nice nice! By the way, I love the shot of the kitty!

Rachel said...

I think your creative director did a good job (very cute picture by the way!). Iris is fabulous and looks so great on you! Congrats on finishing it up!

Rose Red said...

Oh it's fabulous - and so nice to see you!! Great pictures!

And I know what you mean on the seaming - if I've got a big garment to do I always try to take it in stages, so I don't get tempted to fudge it. Yay for FO!

Charity said...

This looks wonderful on you! Great job!

I always have to gear myself up for seaming, as well. :0)

Kelly said...

Lovely colour, and a very flattering fit. Well done!

I hope work has calmed down a little and given you a bit of time to enjoy the end of summer.

Lin said...

Iris looks lovely and looks great on, its nice to see you! I like that dress too. :)

Bells said...

oh it is lovely. it looks so good on you!!! Great effort.

donnac1968 said...

That's very cute, and it fits so well too.

I agree, sewing up is a bugbear of mine too!

Curly Cable said...

Looks fantastic on you, lovely colour too. Well done, your patience and preparations of seaming, sure have paid dividends. A favourite summer cardi for sure :)

StarSpry said...

It's beautiful, and looks great on you! I know what you mean about seaming...I haven't done much of it, either :)

Love the cat on the chair!

SRW said...

Success! I've just come over to the "hey, maybe seaming isn't a form of unusual torture" side too. Lovely colour - perfect fit.

clarabelle said...

Your shrug looks beautiful, and suits you so well!

I think you're right about doing the seaming at bit at a time; or, like me, you just go for patterns without seams - works a treat!

Alison Boon said...

Pretty little shrug, stunning colour, very vibrant. I always end up adding garter or moss stitch to a garment with no rib, I just can't cope with the roll up. I must say though that I hardly noticed any on your shrug. The seaming looks very professional

PrincessPea said...

Oh, how gorgeous! That blue suits you so well, and the style is great on you. And aren't you a cutie!

Anni said...

Lovely shrug and great photos.

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