The long planned pullover for my boyfriend is finally almost ready, and all pieces are blocked. All it still requires is sewing up and knitting the neckband – sounds simple, right?
Not at all. I’ve never experienced such a mental block with any project before. Each time I prepare everything for seaming, I spend a lot of time worrying, thinking and analyzing, only to put it away in the end. Ouch…
But let’s start from the beginning. You can’t imagine how difficult it is to find the right pattern for my other half. He’s like the most picky person ever, and even though we’ve known each other for years, I had no idea! Shopping with him always seemed simple, neither of us likes spending long hours trying clothes on, and whenever we need something specific, we quickly choose and buy, and leave the store as soon as we have what we need. But when it came to choosing the pattern it was all “too strange”, “I don’t want any cables” (and how can anyone refuse cables?! cables are great!), “I don’t like these sleeves”, and so on, and so forth. Finally I decided not to bother asking anymore and just choose something myself, and so I chose the Appleby pullover pattern by Jane Howorth. It’s simple and plain and the stripes are such a nice touch of colour to make it a little more cheerful than the usual dark male sweater. Surprisingly, it was accepted. Yay!
I chose three different green shades of Drops Nepal, a soft and warm blend of wool and alpaca. Main colour is actually something in between light blue and gray green (that sounds weird, but I really don’t know better way to describe it), the upper part is in dark, forest green, with some bright olive stripes to lighten everything up. This colour combo should work well with his other clothes.
I knew from the start that knitting it in separate pieces would be a challenge. Well, not exactly knitting but sewing it up later. I thought about trying to knit the main body and sleeves in the round instead, but in the end I was not sure if it wouldn’t damage the construction of the jumper. I think that side seams in heavier sweaters really make the difference and help the garment keep the shape, so I didn’t want to risk changing the pattern. I know there are ways to add a mock seam, but adapting a pattern like that is far beyond my skill level yet 😉
Anyways, I enjoyed knitting it, and now I’m trying to gather courage to sew it up. My assistants keep trying to “help” me, because it really is soft and nice 😉
So far I’ve only managed to sew the arms at the top and I’m not very happy with the result, although it’s not as bad as I thought it would be. I’m starting to think about taking it to the knitting group meeting this week and begging someone to sew it up for me 😉 Although to be serious I hope to have it finished before the weekend!
Well, aside from the pullover finishing challenge, I’ve received the last skein from my tax relief-excused yarn shopping spree and I absolutely love it. This is sock yarn from Clover Cottage Yarns and the colours in this skein make me happy. It’s like rainbow mixed with peacock feathers!
And the package included another gift stitch marker for my growing collection 🙂
So does anyone have any good advice on how to overcome the fear of seaming a knitting project?