It doesn't matter that you spent months knitting him a sweater he'll never wear. Time you could have spent knitting yourself a sweater. A sweater that you would wear everyday.
The only thing saving him right now is that he swears he would love to wear the sweater, but every time he puts it on he starts with the sneezing and the watery eyes.
So, I can't kill him. And I can't wear the sweater I made him. He's 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. I'm 5 feet tall and well, .... slightly smaller. And I refuse to let the sweater sit in the cedar closet another year unused.
What to do?
I came up with this idea.
A sweater afghan!
I cut the sleeves off. (It felt so good to do harm to the sweater!) Next, I cut straight up the seams on the sides of the sweater, leaving it only bound together at the shoulder seams. Next, I hand-stitched the neck hole closed using a slipstitch. Afterwards, I machine-stitched along the edges of the sweater using a zigzag stitch. This step was to ensure no unraveling occurred.
Finally, to hide the ratty edges, I started to hand-baste a double fold bias tape around the entire length of it. Hopefully, I'll be able to finish this step while watching the Phillies game tonight. Tomorrow, I'll be able to topstitch the tape in place. I'll probably use a zigzag stitch. All that will be left to do is to remove my hand-basting. You'll note that I am using a white thread now to aid me in locating the basting thread later.
I will be the proud owner of a wool afghan that only I can use. Plus, I get to live the rest of my life on the right side of prison bars.
I was reminded of something these past two days: how much I hate to seam sweaters closed. I had become spoiled by my Ode to Quilting afghan blocks. Those pieces are so simple to seam together. All the seams are straight ... and very small. The seams of a sweater have to contend with increases and decreases. I can't remember how many times I had to back up, rip out my seams, and start over because the diagonal of the increases didn't match up.
Despite my struggles, I managed to get half of the sweater seamed together. I'm pretty pleased with the way it looks.
Oh, and better news, I slipped the sweater over my head and it fits .... perfectly! I'm so excited. **Dancing**
I just need to hurry. My model is gaining weight every week. (She's pregnant with their first child.)