So Justin wanted a sweater. Well, really, he wanted a sweater two Christmases ago and nobody would buy it for him because it was $130. (I swear it was $230. I would have paid $130 for it.) He sidled up to me at the end of October and told me that he still wanted the sweater. Could I make it for him? Could I make it for him cheaper than if he bought it?
I've never knit Justin a sweater, and I felt bad about it. But hell, I haven't knit myself a sweater in years. So while part of me was glad to be able to do the wifely thing and crank out a nice cardigan for my nice cardigan-loving mate, the other part of me was all, "Yeah, I'll get right on that after I finish RAISING THIS CHILD."
But I was somewhat smart and chose a yarn that would work up quickly. I didn't finish by Christmas (I was buried in deadlines of all sorts and wrote a kids' book about the influenza pandemic of 1918 - no joke), but I spent much of that holiday week knitting knitting knitting. And when we came home, I ripped, ripped, ripped, because I didn't like the way the decreases messed with the pattern. Now we're all better.
Time to steek.
This was my first time actually machine-sewing twice on either side of the steek. It was much, much easier than I anticipated. I'm glad I didn't dilly-dally and put it off until spring.
And the cutting? I fear no scissors.
Now all that's left is button bands, a fancy shawl collar, and sewing the underarm seam. I also need some leather buttons. Have any good button sources?