When choosing a project, I often look for patterns that will teach me a new knitting technique, or a whole new skill. My current project, which more than meets that requirement, is Samus. I’m knitting it for my friend Suzanne, with whom I went to graduate school. She’s expecting in three weeks. I’ve sized her sweater for non-pregnant fitting, so my deadline is fast approaching. This has made for some complications, because the new technique I’m learning from this pattern is sewing in grosgrain ribbon.
The idea of sticking my knitting into a sewing machine terrifies me, so I’m sewing this in by hand. I’m not the fastest hand-sewer in the world. It’s taking me much longer than I thought it would. The ribbon in the picture above is only half of the job. I still have to do the other side, and then I have to sew in the zipper, which is the technique I learned from my last sweater. Can I do it all in three weeks? We’ll see. I’m pretty psyched about how this sweater is turning out. Here is the bottom edge:
On another note, did you know that whether men and boys should knit at all is a controversial issue? Never mind whether my buttons should say boys or men, check out this highly educational exchange.