Saturday, September 6, 2008

60 Inches...and Counting!

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?


Anonymous said...

Wow, that pup's an acrobat!

Binder clips, what a great idea!!

Your lace trim looks amazing. I have yet to tackle such a project. It would definitely require lots of TV shows!

Anonymous said...

I can picture you in the shrug -- it will be lovely and comfortable, I think.

You do realize that the title of your post is gonna attract some really, really, really odd googlers? ;-)

Tammy said...

It's looking great! I wish I hadn't gotten rid of my copy of that book. :(

Montreal Mama said...

The knitting is looking great! I admire that project!

Gingersnaps with Tea... said...

Binder clips are one of the most useful items ever invented. I use them for closing open bags of chips & baking supplies, now I have a new use for them. I got as far as buying the yarn for this project but traded the yarn and never made it... yours looks really pretty.

Patty said...

That project looks amazing! I admire your lace fortitude (you and I seem to feel about the same way about lace). Can't wait to see the modeled shot.

Anonymous said...

Those little toothy hair clips work well too, especially on chunky yarn projects. Lotta mattress stitch-- better you than us.
Our Rosie is a spittin' cousin of your pup--- long black hair & all. She makes that move when she's trying to get Jack to play with her. What's your dog's "ancestry"?

Melissa Morgan-Oakes said... can she DO that?

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

The shrug is amazing! You are so patient it's unbelievable...

TheBlackSheep said...

I'm glad you mentioned that the dog is alive or I might have thought the worst!

You are a glutton for punishement with that trim. Hat's off.

Kim said...

Good idea with the binder clips. I gasped when you mentioned the sewing on the 60inches of lace trim. Holy crap! Stella does that same wacky pose. It's awesome.

Fibra Artysta said...

The lace looks awesome, well worth the trauma of knitting it!

Considering I just got home from therapy for my own injured spine, that image of your dog makes my skin crawl in the worst way.

I have no idea how she can do that!!!