For the last six weeks or so, my Mum and I have both been knitting Ann Weaver’s Tempest cardigan from knitty.com. Not so we could look ever-so-cutesy together: we are both too British and too old for that, plus hers looks like Dennis the Menace might wear it and that’s not really my style. We actually chose the same pattern so that my Mum could knit a more complicated garment along with someone else so that when something inevitably went awry, I could generally speaking, quickly and easily sort it out for her from the other end of the phone (not to insult my own mother, but she freely admits that she can’t see so well since having a stroke). The secondary reason was that I could do the finishing for her at the same time as my cardigan. I like finishing garments and thought that this idea, in particular, was a great idea at the start of our impromptu knit-along.
- What could possibly be the problem with pinning out and blocking, then weaving in sixty-bajillion ends on the ten pieces of two stripy cardigans, sewing them up whilst matching the seaming thread to the stripe colours and then picking up and knitting both button bands and hems. Oh, and sewing on 28 buttons. That didn’t seem like it would take four days so far, two of which have involved 8 hour stints of weaving in ends and seaming. I really didn’t think this through!
- Sewing up Dennis the Menace (Mum’s Tempest)
Don’t get me wrong. I actually really like finishing a garment, finding the seaming in particular rather meditative, but these cardigans are really taking the biscuit.
Onwards, then to the buttonband!