Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Finishing Touches

The knitting is done on my Que Sera sweater. It is now time for the hard part. For some reason finishing this sweater has been tough. I have spent significant time online about it. I have watched youtube videos, read articles and browsed ravelry forums. The shoulder seams are staggered and have a bit of the lace pattern. Next time I will use short rows for a smoother finish. The collar ended up with a lot more stitches picked up. I think it looks okay, but I may rip it out and start over. The sleeves sit waiting for a quiet moment. I am hoping that moment is this morning before the day starts.

I want it to look right, and this part is hard. Sewing together a sweater takes patience and time. I find myself trying to rush, so I have to continually tell myself to take it slowly. It fits thus far, and I want to wear it happily without thinking about wonky shoulder and sleeve seams. It will happen, and I will show it to you. I still owe a few photos of finished projects. They will come. Right now I just need to focus and take my time.

The kiddos and I have been thoroughly enjoying Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms. It is a nice story about a young boy's search for his uncle's long lost workshop. The quest takes him on a hunt throughout town with the help of a friend looking for the old magician's space. We only have a few more pages left. I would have finished last night if the hour had not been too late as we read. I have promised to finish it this morning. I am still plodding through The Butterfly Cabinet. It is a good story, but I think it needs a good sitting to read it. Reading it in bits and pieces is hard as the story takes a bit to unfold. I think I am too used to the speed of children's books and feel it languishes a bit.

Stay tuned in the next few days. I promise to show both sweaters finished! Perhaps a bit of button shopping should be added to the plan today. (As with every Wednesday, I am linking with Ginny and a whole host of other fiber enthusiasts. You should check it out).

23 comments:

  1. The sweater looks very pretty! I think finishing is always difficult. You finally finish knitting, just to have to then sew it together and weave in the ends...I have to say it usually takes me a while to actually finish anything :-) Can't wait to see the finished product!

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  2. Heather, I hope you find quiet time this morning to work on your sweater. I am a lousy seamer [is that the right word?] so I understand, but I think with your resolve to take it slow your sweater is going to come out just like you plan and it is going to be stunning. I am looking forward to seeing those photos!

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  3. That color is so delightful. Seaming does take time and I applaud your efforst to take your time and force yourself to slow dow, You will love the end result.

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  4. Oh what a shame that you aren't happy with your sweater...it looks lovely and so neatly knitted. Looking forward to seeing both finished.

    I love reading childrens stories...but don't have any excuse at the moment...Horter.s Miraculous Mechanisms sounds wonderful.

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  5. that is going to be a gorgeous cardi. the colour, pattern, everything. good luck!

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  6. Your sweater looks beautiful, hope you don't have to much difficulty sewing it up! look forward to seeing it all finished.

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  7. The sweater is beautiful. Sewing them together always takes me time too. I usually set it aside at that time and don't get back to it for weeks :-( I can't wait to see it complete it really does look beautiful!

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  8. sweater is gorgeous---yes, definitely worth the patient, thoughtful put-together!!! good luck!!!!

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  9. That sweater is gorgeous! The work put into it will be worth it! Can't wait to see it all finished! :)

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  10. the sweater looks so lovely. i am such a fan of pink.
    i need to do button shopping as well. found out the baby is a boy! WOOHOO!!!

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  11. The sweater looks so pretty. I always think I can follow a pattern and all will come out fine, but I end up having to make some revisions. You Tube is a god send!

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  12. horton's is in our shopping cart - kids are excited to read it.

    sorry to hear about the difficulties with the sweater. from where i sit, it looks lovely :)

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  13. Your sweater looks beautiful! So soft and comfy. Good luck with finishing, I'm sure it will be wonderful.

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  14. I hate stitching up pieces! I nearly never do it, just for the deep hatred I have for the task. Go slow... take all the time you need... and I can't WAIT to see it when it's all done!

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  15. The sweater looks gorgeous - I hope you can manage to sort out the problems and get it finished :0)

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  16. What absolutly beautiful work. You are right, taking time is always worth it :)
    It'll look amazing!

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  17. the sweater looks beautiful. can't wait to see a pic of it when it is done.

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  18. Pretty!! And I'm marking down that kids book on my list. I've never heard of it.

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  19. What a lovely sweater! I also have trouble finishing things; I think because if I don't ever finish, it can't ever not have turned out right. That probably doesn't make much sense; I'm headed off to bed now. I hope those quiet moments have come and gone, and that you're admiring your new sweater. :) xo

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    1. They have come and gone, and I am admiring my sweater. I love it. Taking the time with it paid off. I just need buttons and I will share it.

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  20. it is looking gorgeous!

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  21. love the books recommendations! still wish i could knit....

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  22. Looks beautiful! Setting sleeves is so nerve wracking for me. Next time I am enlisting the help of someone else so I get it right!

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