Saturday, April 3, 2010

Mattress Stitching From The Other Side


Before I learned to knit, I knew how to sew. I'm a decent seamstress, I've made a top from scratch and sewn a Vogue corset. For the record, vogue sewing patters are just as difficult as Vogue knitting patterns. I think their motto is to be completely inaccessible to the average person.

Anyways, I'm nearly done with a sweater that's been languishing in my knitting pile. I finally brought myself to knit with my Filatura di Crosa Superior yarn. LOVE it. It'd be my deserted island yarn, if I had no limitation on funds. Yeah, the halo can obscure stitches, but holy cow, it feels wonderful. Working with it is a pure, sensual experience. I may have to knit lingerie with it next time, it's just that good.

So I'm nearly done with the sweater and I'm re-learning how to do mattress stitch. Why did no one EVER tell me that you sew the two RIGHT sides on the outside? This goes against every sewing cannon I've EVER learned!!! I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have had to pick apart a seam and start over because I sewed right sides the wrong way. So to do this the right way which is the wrong way for normal sewing kind of makes my head explode. But the seam is coming out lovely, and I'm totally excited about finishing the Stardust sweater.

In addition, I'm watching "Something's Gotta Give" while sewing the sleeves together. There is ALOT I missed the first time around. I was 24 when the movie first came out and I turn 30 this year. How did I miss all the social commentary the first time around? I really didn't understand alot of what was going on the first time, and all of a sudden it's relevant. Wacky. I'm totally fascinated by how the older generation of men recoils from the idea of accomplished women, but these women are fascinating and appealing to a younger generation. It's intriguing social commentary. I'm puzzled as to how my point of view changed in the last 5 years. It's going to be a good saturday to figure it all out with perfect weather, a good movie, and knitting.
Welcome to Crazytown, where my friends have proclaimed me queen. Why did they do that you ask? For some reason, there's very little that I fear about knitting. Hmm, a dress in laceweight done in lace knitting written by vogue? Sounds great! I have very few inhibitions when it comes to knitting, and that sometimes ends disasteriously. Apparently, other people think this signifies a level of crazy that only the royalty can attain. Follow along with my escapades as I dive head first into all sorts of insane techniques and projects without much more than an "Oh! That looks pretty, I can make it!"

Those will probably be my famous last words.