Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Beyond The Grave Nightmare

I only ever met my Great Aunt M once in my life.

My Grandma (her sister) took Dr. Mad Scientist and I over to her house when we were stopping by Geneseo, IL on our way from Colorado to Michigan (our first cross-country move back in 2000!).

We were both ragged from being on the road, and as rude as it was, all I really remember about our visit with Great Aunt M is trying so hard to stay awake.

It is possible this pissed my Great Aunt M off and she is now exacting her revenge on me with this sweater that she had finished knitting but never seamed.

Scroll down and find a picture of it here unpieced.

Here it is seamed.


Guess what? It doesn't fit right. The shoulders are ALL wrong.

I sewed the sleeves so that they started a bit higher on the shoulder-top.

Sort of like this:


Yeah I effed it up.

I think I should have sewn it like I had it laid out in that first picture linked above.

Something like this:

Answer maybe?

I'm so pissed I could cry. I HATE seaming.

Aside from sewing it together all wrong, this was my best seam job ever.

All those goddamned tutorials you see online are assuming you are sewing squares that are perfectly knit. I HATE those tutorials.

And now I have to rip it all out and reseam it.

I swear on my dead Great Aunt M's grave that I am never making another sweater with sewn in sleeves.

It's tank tops and in-the round for me.



Blogger Macoco said...

Yikes! That is such a bummer. Finishing a project that somebody else made is so difficult - especially if you don't have the original pattern to reference! (if there was one).
So sorry - I hope the seaming bug bites you and you give it another whirl.

7:46 AM  
Blogger Poops said...

Seaming blows. But think of all the practice you're getting! You'll be an expert in no time!

7:49 AM  
Blogger Cheesy Knit Wit said...

I am sorry seaming sucks for you. It does take a bit of practice, but it is so worth it. Like I said, I love seaming, and actually knitting in the round scares me a bit.

You'll get it right this next time!

8:20 AM  
Blogger Red Dog Knits - Kristi and Otis said...

Same prob when I knit my Poppy - I have sworn off ALL set in sleeves - in the round is the only way to go - ONLY! Don't listen to other won't get it right next time - because there shouldn't be a next time ;)

9:21 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Maybe she wasn't done with the knitting yet. You'll make it nice I know!

9:31 AM  
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9:40 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

I hate seaming too. Good luck with re-doing it, I hope it works out better.

10:09 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I love seaming! Bring it here and I'll do it. If you don't wanna do that...take out just the sleeves, and you'll have a tank or vest, and then use the sleeves for uhm, legwarmers! Yes! Legwarmers! Ok, maybe not.

10:26 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Hmm. When anyone offers you a half-finished project for you to finish, from here on out, just say "No thanks!" Unless you want the yarn. Frog without guilt and make something all your own. Probably she never seamed it because she saw that it was hopelessly screwed up and put it in the closet to be part of her estate.

For what it's worth, I have a deep-seated aversion to set-in sleeves in sweaters. I can sew them in fabric, with perfectly eased caps, but I cannot set one in knitting.

10:29 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

Sorry, Bezzie - I giggled. I thought for sure at the end of the post you were going to tell your dead great-aunt that you were never going to seam up one of her sweaters again :) That being said, I think that sweater would be incredibly form-fitting - correct seaming or not.

11:46 AM  
Blogger weezalana said...

Damn those evil-back-from-the-grave revenge curses! I hate those.

I'll bet the second seam around is even better than the first. Then you'll be the one with the last laugh. Muahahahaha!

12:30 PM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

Good luck on second try! If I actually knit something other than socks,I might have some words of wisdom for you!

1:14 PM  
Blogger Cindy in Happy Valley said...

My turn to giggle (payback from the mouse story you enjoyed).

No seaming fan here either. I have knit ALL of my sweaters in the round. I have set in a sleeve or two in my sordid history, but I didn't like it!

3:22 PM  
Anonymous Susan said...

Seaming sucks the big one. (I have no real words of wisdom. Just statin' what you already know.)

4:18 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I couldn't help but laugh. That totally sucks!

7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, here I go....When sewing a top, Blouse or what ever you shuld sew the shoulders then add the collar, then the sleeves, then one side seam, the hem and then the other side seam. Doing it in this way the seams are all done flat and not in the round. Hope this helps. Love, Mom
PS: Good luck on the jobs.

7:21 PM  
Blogger Sssarahevt said...

Ohhh, that's sad. Sad like "seaming sweaters can be such a letdown" and like "whoever wears it better be skinny cause all that ribbing..." and also like "wow. I have almost done that. at least it's only a seam.". Or you could frog and make yourself a tank and DH a lover-ly scarf!!
(PS: my first sweater, made out of $80 of bulky-something, I've never worn cause I sucked at seaming so bad. You could see my pit hair poking through it was seamed so tight)

9:39 PM  
Blogger janna said...

I don't like seaming either. I need to get over that, so I can finish the Mitred Square blanket....

Oh -- and my first college roommate was from Geneseo, IL!!!

10:33 PM  
Blogger Linnea said...

You need a seaming fairy to solve all of your problems.

I do wonder if half-finished sweaters are kind of like half-eaten bars of chocolate. 'Cause you know that if I'm leaving a bar of chocolate around, there's probably something really, really wrong with it. Not to insult your great aunt or anything. I'm just saying.

6:29 AM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

Serves you right for not taking the ginger ale with a wink and a smile. Heh. It'll be ok. just take your time picking out the seaming and put it back together.

6:40 AM  
Blogger Alisha said...

That sucks. You'll get it done I am sure!! Maybe a good drink after would be good.

5:10 PM  
Blogger Rain said...

This just proves my theory that little old women are evil.

7:10 PM  

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