first timer & more notes on the sweater
I’m sockapaloozing! This will be my first ever swap, and I’m pretty darn excited! I contacted my pal and almost revealed myself disastrously because I can be a real ninny.
Speaking of ninny, I finished up a secret little knitting project I’ve been working on for a while. I was so excited to get it in the mail that I wrapped it all up in a box and took not one single picture of the thing. NOT ONE! What kind of a blogger am I anyway?
Here’s a picture that you might want to see. It was taken around 7:30pm on April 28, just before I sat down to cut up my sweater (I should have been putting Jerry to bed). I was using my Kenmore Ultra Stitch 12, sewing two reinforcing lines of short stitches down either side of where I intented to stitch.
My machine must be more than 30 years old (older than me!), and it’s sure starting to give me the business. The shuttle cover has popped off on one side, though I can rig it to stay on, and the support leg on the extension table is totally broken. By the way, the only way I know the names of those parts is because I’m looking them up in the owner’s manual. Otherwise I would have called them “the thingy that flips up to cover the bobbin” and “the thingy that makes a real nice surface for sewing.”
I was confused before I cut the steeks about whether or not I should sew the hems before cutting or after. What I ended up doing was sewing down most of the hem and leaving a few inches on either side of the steek unhemmed so I could cut through just one layer of knitting. That way, the unruly and curly hem was mostly tame.
Was this the right thing to do? I have no idea but it worked – my sweater hasn’t revolted and disintegrated into a million pieces yet.
Oh, and the good news is the weather – high of 59 and rainy. I’m totally wearing my sweater today.