Archive for October 4th, 2013

I hate sewing knitting projects together. It’s right at the top of my dislike list next to root canal and any kind of medical surgery.

I find this strange, since I am also a quilter. While I piece quilts together with my sewing machine, the actual quilting is always done by hand. I get great satisfaction from hand quilting a piece. Needle, thread, thimble, hoop bring peace. I also find calmness in Crewel Work and Embroidery. Both require needles and yarn. But let it be the combination of needle, yarn and pieces of knitting and I am taking short, shallow breaths as the tension expands methodically through out my body. A dull headache takes up residence in my forehead, and I can feel and hear the beat of my pulse in my ears; blood pressure on the rise.

At some deep level I just don’t believe knitting should be sewn. This is why I make all my socks toe-up. No sewing. I only need to weave in the ends. The toes of the socks last longer too.

This adverse reaction to sewing extends to crochet too. I won’t make an afghan that is sewn together. If it’s not worked all in one piece or joined together as you go I don’t even consider it.

I am, I strongly believe, working on my last baby sweater that will be sewn together. I’d rather work all in one piece, divide for armholes and pick up stitches for sleeves and collars than sew another seam together. Of course, one side of my mind is telling me that this is idiotic, after all the work I have done learning sleeve caps and how to properly seam a set-in sleeve. What about the whip stitch? The mattress stitch? The Woven Stitch? The art of joining rows to stitches and how time and again I cried while I was learning? Knitting without tears, my ass. It’s a rite of passage crying over knitting.


Maybe it’s not the last knitted thing I’ll make that needs to be sewn.


Have a good weekend.

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