It's true: I finished the Endless Lace Trim! Well, at least, I finished the trim for the body, aided by the season premier of The Shield and the series premier of Sons of Anarchy. At this point, I'll take that as a victory.
But, as you probably figured out some time ago, I have been ignoring a basic reality of separately-knitted trim, which is that, at some point, the trim needs to be sewn on to the sweater, or it's really just a fancy scarf.
Yes, those are binder clips from the local office supply store. I find them to be extremely useful for holding seams together while I sew them.
So as not to lose heart at the thought of 60 inches of mattress stitching in lace, I pretended I was done with the lace knitting and that this was the last step in the finishing of this sweater.
It seems to have worked, since the trim went on with surprising speed and ease and didn't even require ripping! I've laid the shrug out to give you some idea of how it looks on. The structure is odd. The body is really just a rectangle, folded in half and sewn halfway up the side seams, leaving half open to serve as armholes. Then the long strip of lace is sewn on around the bottom edge of the rectangle, and the two short strips of lace are sewn around the armholes, and voila! A shrug. The fabric is so drapey that the rectangle eases into a soft, curved shape around the shoulders that is surprisingly flattering. It will be a few days before I can get a modeled shot, so you'll have to take my word for it for the moment.
In the interests of not losing momentum, I've already cast on for the sleeve trim.
I wonder what's on tv tonight?
And just for the heck of it, here's a typical shot of Sophie the Escher Dog napping on the kitchen floor. How do you suppose she twists her spine like that?