Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Finishing School

Finishing and I, we don't get along so well.

My whole reluctance about knitting a sweater stems from this. I have visions of sweater pieces languishing in a bag for years and years because of my dread of seaming and my fear of mucking up all those little touches that transform a sweater from homemade to handknit.

But this is the year I knit a sweater. And I really want to knit Ann Hanson's Jackie Jacket. Geez, I've even knit the swatches for it! How more serious can a person get having swatches?! So, the other evening, I hitched up my big girl pants and took a class. A finishing class. A finishing class with the designer extraordinaire Shirley Paden.

Please, please, please can I be Shirly Paden when I grow up? Elegant, talented and smart. Oh my gosh-- is she smart! And a wonderful teacher, too.

Four hours later and a table-full of put-together pieces, I think I'm beginning to get it. (And it wasn't all sewing. We also practiced the three-needle bind off, picked up neckline stitches, wove in those pesky ends and learned how to make a couple of very good-looking, strong buttonholes.)

At least I'm not so afraid anymore. Armed with Shirley's detailed handouts and with her reassurance that this can be done, finishing and I have declared a truce.


stringplay said...

Sounds like a great class. I'm sure you learned a lot and I KNOW a sweater FO is in your future.

minipurl said...

Wow! I was wondering how your sweater was progressing. How exciting to see it all coming together, too.

Anonymous said...

That does sound like a wonderful class. I can't wait to see you wearing your fabulous sweater!

Susan said...

That's a great pattern, I love Anne Hanson's patterns. And it's such a good idea for a class, too. I can't wait to see what you've learned.

Anonymous said...

There is nothing like something that is finished well. You can do it girl!

Iron Needles said...

Lucky you! I think that is an area I would like to add a bit of finesse as well. Nice to have such good classes/teachers available to you!