I haven't had a chance to photograph the hat, but I am linking up with FO Friday to post my latest pair of Turkish Bed Socks, which I knit for my wonderful sister.
The socks were finished despite my best efforts to avoid seaming. The pattern calls for sewing up part of the heel prior to knitting the foot of the sock. When I reached this portion of the knitting program, procrastination reared its ugly head.
I tried to do it right away. I really, really tried. I actually threaded a needle, opened my Knitter's Companion to the appropriate page, and seamed a few stitches.
Then, mysteriously, I found a sudden and urgent need to: build a fire in the fireplace, bake a pumpkin pie, and take the dog for a walk. It's amazing what else gets accomplished around here when there is seaming to be done!
When I couldn't think of any more reasons to procrastinate (and because I wanted my sister to have her socks) I did sit down, finish the seams, and knit on.
Pattern: Turkish Bed Socks by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas
Source: PDF download on Ravelry or from Churchmouse
Materials: Malabrigo Yarn Sock in "Persia", and US 2 needles
Modifications: This is a clever pattern which results in a cute little sock, but as with many published patterns, Ravelers have made improvements on it. Following the lead of other knitters, I used a smaller needle size for a tighter fabric, and a cozier sock. My sister's feet are small enough that I could tighten up the gauge without worrying about whether or not I was making the socks too narrow for her feet. To adjust the length of the sock I just knit extra rows before beginning the toe decreases.
Note to self for future modifications:
After it was too late for me to change this particular pair, I found these great notes from Raveler "skip8" giving an alternative to seaming. I will soon make a pair for myself and try this method.
Isn't Ravelry wonderful?
I admire those knitters who tackle seaming with aplomb. To me, seaming is kind of like knitting's evil twin who comes along on your playdate despite your best efforts to ditch her. The best I can say about it is that I have learned to manage it well enough that I don't mind it quite as much as I used to.
What about you? Does finishing work bring out the procrastinator in you, or have you conquered your fear of seaming?