I think I can. I think I can.

November 13, 2011 at 9:24 pm 6 comments

It’s knitted.

shadow pieces

And blocked.

And ready to rock 🙂

So this morning I started in on sewing it up.

First I did a little research online on preferred techniques.

Then I worked up some courage and set out to sew the first shoulder seam.

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I think it turned out pretty well. But it wasn’t as straightforward as expected.
I mean, I get the grafting idea.
But somehow the purls really threw me.
The shoulder edge stitches were purls.

Yeah, tricky.

Once I finally got it figured out, I probably should have gone on and done the other shoulder seam, but I was anxious to give the sleeve a try.

Here’s the setup-

shadow Shoulder pre-seaming

Now the sleeve is an interesting challenge.
It’s part graft, part mattress stitch, sometimes at the same time.
Each stitch is a judgement call, because you’re working on a curve.

Whew.

Then I found that taking a picture of a should seam is almost as hard as sewing it.

Shadow Sleeve seam

But I guess if you can’t really see it, then it’s good, right?

Shadow is now half-sleeved!

That’s where I left it today.

So far so good.

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Frosted Mini Sheeps Some Assembly (still) Required

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  • 1. schoonoverfarm  |  November 14, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Excellent seaming. Gives me courage to block and seam the sweater I have been working on for 2 years. I hope my seams look half as good as yours.

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    • 2. sheepsclothing  |  November 20, 2011 at 7:36 pm

      thanks Donna. I think the thing to remember is, if it isn’t working you can always take the stitches out and try again. Took me a number of do-overs to get some of those stitches reasonably tidy. Good luck!

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  • 3. Jody  |  November 14, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Hi Denise, One of the main reasons why I shy away from knitting sweaters is the seaming part. Spinning enough yarn for a sweater is such a big time investment too.
    It would be wonderful to have a beautiful handspun sweater like yours. I don’t think you would ever feel the cold in it 🙂

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    • 4. sheepsclothing  |  November 20, 2011 at 7:31 pm

      Thanks Jody- while I’m pretty psyched that this is turning out well, I definitely prefer the knit-all-in-one-piece methods. Top-down or bottom-up, as long as there’s no sewing to do at the end!

      Reply
  • 5. Bluff Country Shepherd  |  November 14, 2011 at 9:44 am

    You’ve inspired me! I finished knitting my very first sweater about a week ago and haven’t even tried sewing it up yet. I think perhaps I will wet and block the pieces today…

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  • 6. sheepsclothing  |  November 20, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Yeah, I think you definitely want to block first, at least the first time you’re going to do this assembly thing. Makes it a little easier to keep the pieces aligned. Good luck!

    Reply

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