You have heard about the Unremarkable Sweater before.
I mentioned it here and there … but never in any much detail, mostly because it’s utterly unremarkable (yeah, the name was a bit of a give away there … ).
It’s a simple v-neck thing in stockinette, made with a somewhat interesting looking viscose yarn. It’s gray. I finished knitting ages ago, and I even managed to weave in the ends pretty shortly after. Then it sat on my dining table. And sat there. And sat a bit longer.
Finally, my friend E. came over. She’s expressed an interest in learning to knit, so I offered to tutor her. While she struggled through her first rows of garter stitch in many, many years, she asked if I could o a little show and tell of my WIPs.
She, however, eagle-eyed, had spotted the huge gray pile on the dining tabble. “What is that,” she asked.
So I showed her the Unremarkable Sweater, and she looked at me with this expression she’s really good at (it basically goes “you are totally nuts, and I really don’t understand you, but I love you still”) and then asked why I hadn’t put it together.
I mumbled something about my dislike of weaving in ends (the alert reader will have noticed that I said I had done that already. Yup, I lied to E.) and seaming by hand (the part about me disliking both of these activities is true, though!). She told me no way could she ever bare having something mostly finished sit idly for weeks. I lectured her about how for me it’s all about the making, not the wearing, but knew she was right.
So today, I finally finished putting it together. It required some creative sewing, and for a bit I thought it would turn out totally unwearable and hey, hadn’t I known it??
It is wearable, but of course, it’s too short. I really don’t know why I keep thinking that 5cm knitted less will still add up to long enough. But this time, I have learned my lesson.
Does this happen to you, too? Do you have this one mistake you make over and over again, even though it’s totally unnecessary?