I have had a real bee in my bonnet to finish things this past week. Both the socks below were stalled because I didn’t know how long to make the cuff or toe, which means that I put it down with the best of intentions to return when I have time to concentrate.
This tendency is becoming a disease for me. The UFO pile grows like a pond full of phosporus-fed algae, and suddenly my room has eutrophied.
Finally I started to do something about it – worked through the bamboo sock toe, the Trekking sock heel, unraveled the buttonband side of my Blissful Jacket (bottom of this entry) where I had added a stitch, and reknit the right side of Grandma’s cardigan, which I messed up months ago.
For any of you who think that you should skip blocking, as I have been known to do for years, [particularly since once I finish that sock, I want to put it right on my foot…] here is a little demonstration for you. Both of these pairs of socks are meant to be gifts, so they should look nice when the recipient opens them, right? Here is what a little blocking can do.
Each of these pairs has only one complete sock – so one is blocked and one is not.
Here is the unblocked cardigan.
Aside from a million ends to be woven in, and learning how to do a grosgrain ribbon-backed button band by hand (no worries, right?), aside from finding the right color and width ribbon and the perfect buttons, aside from a steam block treatment, it’s … er … finished? Well the pieces are together.
I am not thrilled with the knitted-on collar for some reason, but maybe it will look better blocked. Any suggestions as to why it looks a little off? I’d rather reknit and have it look right, if that’s the best option.
I am happier with my first set-in sleeve (the Bobble Cardi has not made it out of finishing purgatory/eutrophy – the sleeves were the last remaining task and would have been my first set-in sleeves, before I had to undo all the crochet edging, unsew the collar, undo the 3-needle bindoff at the shoulders, and frog a good bit of the right side. I guess I should learn to read the patterns through, since for some reason I always have problems with the right side… The typical sentence in purgatory is around six months, so I’ll look at it in October after my upcoming travel is over with). I’m rather pleased with the result on that bit.
[Also, I am going to apologize in advance for some repeats on anyone’s RSS feed, I may go retag some of my entries this week before my archives get too big.]