Friday, March 9, 2018

All The Ends!

Look at all those ends!!

Last weekend I took advantage of Craftsy's free, All-You-Can-Watch Weekend and decided to check out the class, The Essential Guide to Finishing Handknits with Anne Hanson. Even though I've been knitting for over 10 years and, according to Ravelry, have knit over 250 items, I'm still not that confident in some of my finishing techniques. I'm a firm believer that in knitting there are several ways to do something and that for a lot of things there's really no "right" or "wrong" way, as long as you achieve what you were after and that in the end, it looks nice to you. 

Still, I always felt uncertain about my techniques. Probably because I'm a self-taught knitter. In the past, I've read books and online tutorials and I've watched YouTube videos and even fellow knitters at knit nights on how they accomplish various finishing techniques. I've always been tempted to take finishing classes when they're offered at knitting events like Knit City and Vogue Knitting Live, but usually get lured away with the promises of yarn shopping or meet-ups with friends from out of town. So when I learned about the All-You-Can-Watch Weekend you can bet that I was going to make sure I took one of the finishing classes that they offered! And let me tell you, I'm SO glad I took advantage of the opportunity!!

The second the class ended I had gained this newfound confidence. I wanted to cast on immediately a project that involved seaming. I wanted to cast on a project that involved sewing in a zipper. I wanted to sew grosgrain ribbon to the back of every button band on every cardigan I had ever knitted. I felt like there was nothing I couldn't do knitting-wise!

Buuuut I settled for just weaving in the ends on a pile of projects finished months and years ago. *ahem*  Unfortunately, due to the lack of space in my place, I'll have to block each project one at a time. I figured if these projects have already waited months and years for their time in the spotlight, I'm sure an extra day or two won't matter... But hey, at least I'm weaving in the ends! That's a HUGE step for me. My M.O. seems to be that I get overly excited and obsessive over a pattern/project, knit it up in a frenzy, and then the second that last stitch is bound off I promptly forget all about the knit and move on to the next shiny and new project. Since I don't consider a project a proper FO until I've woven in the ends and blocked it, a lot of the time my projects end up in a heap next to my desk...or I'll wear the knit anyways (especially when it's socks)...

I'm excited to be adding a handful of knits (mostly shawls) to my spring wardrobe rotation. I just hope my family doesn't mind the constant smell of wet wool in the living room for the next week or two!  

♥ Happy Weekend Knitting! ♥

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