(That’s UFOs as in UnFinished Objects.)
We’re putting the house back on the market this week, as planned. This meant that the new agent’s photographer needed to take pictures. In a rather desperate attempt to avoid cleaning and tidying, I picked up my old Cardigan for Merry to finish it off.
I started making this cardigan before my son existed. He’ll turn 4 this year. Last year I got a little bit of motivation to work on it and I got the 5 pieces seamed and all the live stitches on one needle ready to do the hood. Then I lost my motivation again.
Earlier this week I moved the bag this UFO has been mocking me from. Later that day I had a brainwave. I didn’t have to knit the hood! I could just finish it off and cast off. I checked on Ravelry and a few other folks had done this, so it became the new plan.
When I started knitting away on my live stitches, I realized that one of the reasons I hadn’t finished this was that it wasn’t quite right. When I was seaming, the back and sleeves went together well, but the front didn’t come all the way up the sleeve. In a sudden moment of clarity I realized that I could continue knitting on each front separately & joining it with the sleeve until it all matched up. 16 rows of tiny tense knitting on 2.25 mm needles later, it all matched up. Then I knit a few rows even, did my purl turn row, and knit a hem just as I’d been instructed to do for all the other pieces.
I don’t think I’ve done this much sewing and finishing on any piece I’ve worked on in well over a decade, but I love this little sweater.
It needs a good wash and block, but I want to try it on an 18 – 24 month old first to make sure nothing needs changing. It’ll wait for its proper owner at a later time. And I’ll be on the lookout for the right toggles or buttons. Perhaps that search will take another 4 years.
In this bout of finishing, I also managed to complete the brother-in-law scarf I started just after Christmas. When my sister got another scarf from me he remarked that he didn’t have a “Natalie scarf”. Once I darn in the ends and wash this, he will! It’s Fast Forward (again) using 2 skeins of Cascade 220 superwash and I only had about 11g left at the end.
Oh, and I test knit a Blomster hat for torirot and Z. seems to have appropriated it. This is really a good thing because while I like the hat, this shape looks awful on me. It was a fun quick knit and I liked playing with the colours.
And the picture-taking of the house? That all went off well and I didn’t really need to spend all weekend cleaning. So my procrastination worked out well this time.