Monday, March 21, 2016

Pieceing It Together

For many long-time knitters, it's a simple fact that much of our work includes tasks other than just the knitting of the garment.

Enjoying It All

Many knitters bemoan the fact that once the knitting is completed for a garment, there is still the sewing up of the garment.  But other than sewing up a garment, there are also a lot of non-knitting tasks when it comes to creating knitwear:
  • Winding center-pull balls from hanks of yarn
  • Tying on new balls of yarn
  • Untangling and rewinding collapsed center-pull balls
  • Weaving in ends
  • Tidying up buttonholes
  • Sewing on buttons
  • Sewing in zippers
  • Sewing on edges
  • Blocking knitted fabric
I'm sure many knitters reading this could add to this list of non-knitting-specific tasks that take up time when creating knitwear.

But I have to say, I've come to embrace all facets of the designing, knitting and finishing processes and take a lot of joy in each and every once of them.

Current Knitting 

Finishing tasks on a London Beanie aren't exactly complicated or overly time consuming...closing the hole at the top, weaving in ends, blocking...that's about it.  That's why I have been able to finish 15 of the lovely little caps so far.


Okay, I haven't washed or blocked them yet, but I figured I'd do all that in one group of beanie washing and blocking.

The other outstanding task, is using up the remnants from the 15 balls of Noro yarn by joining ends together in ways that don't cause shocking color joins.  I've begun the process by balling up seven lengths of leftovers.


The ball-of-seven doesn't look very big, but it's quite condensed and the eight ball remnants are loose blobs of yarn at the moment.  Overall, I think I'll be able to knit another five or six beanies from the leftovers.

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