Well, I have tried to complete my sweater afghan several times now, but to no avail. I finished hand basting the tape around the edges, which I might add did a lovely job of hiding the not-so-stellar cutting job and zigzag stitching. I am now at the point where I should topstitch the tape in place. I've tried twice to do this step with my trusty straight stitch foot. Twice now I've ripped the stitching out. The 3 layers of fabric kept shifting so my stitching line was anything but straight.
Certain that an edging foot would be the answer to my problem, I biked over to my favorite sewing store (Pottstown Sewing and Craft). I bought the only edging foot they had available that looked like it would fit my not-so-fancy sewing machine. It didn't fit. So, I am back where I started with just a straight stitch foot. I've considered hand stitching the tape in place using a slipstitch. The only thing stopping me for jumping in and testing the water is that I would have to hand stitch the tape to both sides of the afghan. I might get it done in a month. To stitch by machine, I could have a finished afghan in 10 minutes. One month vs. 10 minutes. Call me lazy, but I won't give up on the 10-minute option until I've exhausted all avenues.
To add to my frustration, I decided to tackle the collar on my striped sweater yesterday. The collar measures ten inches on each side. Based on my gauge, I needed to pick up 70 stitches on each side. I sat and struggled with the sweater for at least two hours yesterday. I only managed to pick up 6 stitches per inch. Thus, I am 20 stitches short. Do I just ignore my shortfall and carry on in normal fashion? Or do I K2P2 ribbing for one row, increasing 20 stitches along the way. This latter option seems slightly silly to me for the next row requires me to decrease one-third of the stitches in order to achieve a K2P1 ribbing. Maybe what I'll do is just decrease fewer stitches. Hmmm, I'll have to ponder on this problem. But just to state the obvious, dropping all the stitches and retrying to pick up 7 stitches per inch is NOT an option. I think I would cry if I had to do that.
Now for some good news, I am further along with my Angled Nesting Squares block.
I just have the triangles left to join.
Unfortunately, I am not sure when this block will be posted. The viewing is tonight and I still have much to do, such as finish cooking the fried stuffed mushrooms. (My own recipe! If they taste as good as I hope, I'll post the recipe along with the block). The funeral is tomorrow and I imagine we'll be busy all day with family. Thankfully, our dear friends have volunteered to watch Jake. They love to spoil him. I'm sure he will get plenty of treats and pets.
A special thank you to everybody who left their comments to "A Memorium". I was very touched by each one.