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Constructing Rediscovery

So, the Rediscovery project is at an end, and it’s time I posted some comments. Firstly: it’s called Rediscovery because I rediscovered it while I was tooling around in the yarn cupboard, looking for something to knit while I waited for the recipient of the olive green restart vest to stand up and be measured. I am a dynamic creative force when it comes to naming my knitting projects, as you can see. Secondly: I cast this on years ago and I can’t understand why I didn’t finish it. What stopped me? It’s probably one of the most straightforward projects I’ve ever made, with minimal shaping and straight edges for seaming, nothing fancy or zazzy or hyperactive: just plenty of smooth, finer-gauge stockinette. I restarted it mid-September and finished it this weekend, so that’s about six weeks for a sweater — not too shabby, if you ignore the years in purgatory it had to endure first. I considered hiding it until the recipient’s birthday, but why? I have a lovely top ready for her now. Don’t limit me with your arbitrary anniversaries! Fuck you! Where was I?

Okay, so once the knitting was all done, I blocked it. With acres of stockinette, it was was one curly emmer-effer when I bound off. I’m surprised at how well it blocked out. It took a while to pin out as I measured and readjusted: I wanted all the square corners to line up, the ribbed section on the front and back to match perfectly. They did, too.

Bits

Matchy-matchy.

Other bits

Took ages to dry, but it was worth it. Recently bound-off knitting is springy and curly: recently blocked knitting is/should be drapey and flowy. For a tunic-style top like this, I want all the drape I can squeeze out of it. And I will keep the dampening and the pinning it until it is full of the drape! PHE4R ME.

The blocking fields

And then the seaming starts. Why is it called ‘seaming’ when you’re talking about putting together a knitted thingo and not ‘sewing’? Anyway, I like seaming/sewing/reaming/mowing, in small doses, so to me this was a barrel of puffins. On this kind of top, seaming gives a sturdy structure for the drapefulness to drape upon. Structure and drape, drape and structure.

I opted for the simplest way of putting in a sleeve that I know of: First you sew the shoulder seams together. Then you place pins as markers along the half, quarter, eighth points along the top edge of the sleeve and along the armhole. Match your pins up and pin the sleeve into place as you go, then start sewing. Here, I’ve drawn blue lines on to show where I’ve seamed so far:

Note: blue lies do not show up in real life

Here’s a close-up of some mattress stitch in progress. I included this picture to help offset the previous picture, which is more utilitarian than it is purdy (a bit like life in general: pause for reflection, please).

People think I'm kidding when I say this is exciting

It’s finished: it’s resting on the coffee table because the particular shade of green of this top goes well with the colour of the table. Some people have coffee table books: I have coffee table knitting.

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