Cutting Class at Finishing School
March 20, 2014
Earlier this week, I was digging through my denim stash in search of pom pom fixings (as you do), and I came across this artifact.
It’s a Baby Surprise Jacket made of denim pom pom fixings. I do not recall when I made it, but I believe it was during the 2006-2008 period when we were renovating and life was a cycle of packing, unpacking and dust protection efforts. I remember pondering how to seam this little sweater. Because I don’t like the look of sew seams on garter stitch, I experimented with picking up stitches along both edges and working applied i-cord to join them. It made a lovely, flexible seam that flowed seamlessly into an edging and back into a seam again.
Until I stopped very near the finish and banished the project to plastic bag oblivion. I no longer recall if there was a baby I had in mind for this little jacket, but if there was, he or she is now getting on towards middle school.
Today I read a plaintive tweet from a knitter who despairs of her habit of not finishing things. I saw this tweet as an invitation to share my philosophy on finishing things. I don’t worry about finishing things. This is my hobby. I do it for the love and the joy and all the talking and photographing it brings. The clothes and the baby presents are little door prizes–my son would say Easter eggs–that pop up along the way. They are like merit badges: a symbol of a skill or feat. FOs are delightful, but they are not the whole point of knitting, and for some of us Process Knitters, they are almost beside the point.
Often, when I’ve given myself permission not to finish something, the enthusiasm for that thing returns, and I actually do finish it. And something like this BSJ, that has been sitting in time out for so long that I can’t remember knitting it? It’s very easy to finish, because it feels like an Instant Knit. Like I’ve wiggled my nose (or folded my arms, depending on your sitcom) in the direction of a pile of yarn, and a jacket magically appeared. Also, I happen to know a baby who will wear it soon. Win win!
In other Baby Sweater News, I finished Puerperium for the baby boy in California. I used Purl Soho Worsted Twist instead of the prescribed DK weight yarn, so it came out 6 month sized instead of newborn sized. I hope that means I can get buttons on it before he outgrows it.
Because I am complicated and contain multitudes, my next post will be a little panic attack about a wedding shawl I’ve committed to knitting but haven’t achieved traction on, and a cry for help in the form of a wee contest.