Alright, you’ve got me. I might have finished knitting my terra shawl instead of a book on the Gilded Age last night. I’m going to finish that book this morning. Really.
I’m not going to lie; all the way through the knitting, I had been thinking that there was no way I was going to do a sewn bind off for the hundreds of stitches in the last row of this shawl. And then, last night, I shamed myself into it. Don’t you always say that you love the process of knitting? Don’t you like learning new techniques? You’ll think about not doing the special bind off when you wear it, won’t you? Yes, yes, maybe…
I’m so glad I listened to myself. And, well, Jared Flood, master of lace and all things EZ. The sewn bind off isn’t hard. In fact, it’s pretty rhythmic and relaxing. And it looks gorgeous — even and polished. The catch? It takes forever.
You’re looking at almost two hours worth of binding off, and I’m just past the halfway point. (Granted, it will go faster as the tail of my working yarn gets shorter and shorter.)
Boh, as always, is humoring me. (Hey, this is what happens when you decide you don’t want to get off the couch so I can take a few pictures against a lighter backdrop.)
He has big plans for our Sunday: sleep, chase (his) tail, take a walk, practice his catching skills (he can now catch a tennis ball most of the time if I give him a nice underhand toss), sleep some more. Me? Back to the Gilded Age.
I love the sewn bind off, but it does take ages esp with that many sts and that long of a tail starting out. The edge it leaves is wonderful.
Forever, yes, but worth it. Terra is gorgeous in this blue!
It’s looking really beautiful. I haven’t done a sewn bindoff yet, but this encourages me.
High five on the new technique — it looks great! Hope you and Boh are enjoying a relaxing Sunday …
Terra’s looking fabulous! Some days are knitting days, not Gilded Age days. I love that bind-off, btw — just tried it for the first time a couple of weeks ago with my oatmeal pullover.
Oh the things that Boh puts up with. The shawl is looking gorgeous. I’ve actually never tried a sewn bind off, it looks intriguing.
Yeah, I’ve tried shortcutting fancy bind-offs before and have always regretted it. The sewn bindoff may take forever, but you will continue to be happy you did it when you wear the shawl and the edge looks so pretty. That really is a lovely shawl…I bet you’re itching to wear it!