November 05, 2007

When cheating works out just fine...

I cheated! I wore my Tuscany shawl to a party before it was done.

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The punishment for this kind of thing is red eyes and a shiny face, even though I did all I could to avoid both.

How I did it: after the last row on the 8th pattern repeat I threaded a lifeline through all the stitches. I used "button sewing thread", it looks almost like machine sewing thread but it's much stronger. Then I bound off all the stitches using the knitted bind off, because that one is fast to do and easy to rip out.
Then I spritzed the shawl with water and let it rest for a while, before steam ironing it on the reverse side.

I loved wearing my Tuscany, but I'm glad it's going to be bigger still. The more lovely, soft, shiny, silky goodness there is the happier I am.

7 comments:

Bezzie said...

What a clever idea!!!

Sandykins57 said...

It's lovely! You are so clever! I haven't worked on mine since I left class. It will be for me, so I put it aside while I work on Christmas knitting for others.

Bonnie said...

You are so smart! It's a beautiful shawl, even "unfinished."

amy [Knitty] said...

that's not cheating, that's brilliant.

[i remembered you bought, what, FOUR balls? so you've got a lot of tuscany ahead of you! :-)]

Marie said...

you wore an unfinished shawl!?! Brilliant, but i cannot for the life of me understand how you could come up with such an idea!!

reluctantMANGO said...

Genius! What a great way to enjoy your shawl without having to stay up all night rushing to finish (yes, I have done this)!

Batty said...

You look lovely, that color makes you glow, and not in a bad, oily shiny way, either. Absolutely stunning.