May 17, 2004

It's a seaming party!

Gee...thanks, Hon.
I always wanted a poncho.

There was a seaming cocktail party chez skinny rabbit on Sunday afternoon! Kirs were had, saucisson was eaten, and ponchos were worn. After I joined the shoulder seams and sewed the sleeves to the sweater, I couldn't resist asking Monsieur Le Hubby if he would try it on, just to get an idea of how the finished sweater was going to look. As soon as he pulled it over his head, he asked, "Is it a poncho?" Funny guy. In order to avoid further seaming and weaving in of those gazillion ends, I replied, "Yes!" The ends could work as fringe. And both Monsieur Le Hubby and I insist that you hum the music from The Good, The Bad and the Ugly while looking at the photo above.

I was kidding about it being a poncho, of course. I seamed the sweater, the gazillion ends were woven in and the sweater is now having a nice little final blocking session. Finished sweater photos soon.

Quick note re seaming* this sweater: You might recall that I had contemplated doing a three-needle bind-off to join the shoulders. In the end, I decided not to do this. I bound off the shoulder stitches and joined them using backstitch. It's a relatively heavy sweater, and my husband wears the sweaters I knit for him into the ground**, so I felt that the shoulders joined using backstitch would make a stronger seam.

*Again, a couple of my favorite references for seaming: Katharina Buss' Big Book of Knitting and Nancie Wiseman's Book of Finishing Techniques.

**He likes that I knit things for him. Awwwwwwwww.

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32 comments to this entry:

Hee, the fringes do look cowboyarific! And I can see that this sweater will be another smash hit.
My, what a lovely ponch...sweater. Great fit! (Am I really and truly the FIRST person commenting here? I don't believe it!) I don't have many knitting books, but I must say that Nancy Wiseman's book is the first one I run to for consultation.
That sweater looks so awesome! I'm so impressed with the speed with which you knit, not to mention the professional camera work. It's so rare that you find someone who cuts off people's heads on such a consistent basis. My grandmother could take lessons from you. :) I've also been drinking kirs thanks to your influence. I had to drive into, um, not such a nice part of town to go to a package store that sold Creme de Cassis, but it was so worth it! I had had a kir royale once at a French restaurant on Valentine's Day and loved it. So the kir at home on a Thursday afternoon?...well, it felt pretty indulgent. Not to mention that strange tingly sensation left in its wake... Now, pardon me whilst I go whistle the theme from the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, and revel in being the first to post.
Congrats ! I'd like to knit for Hubby too, but he's way to tall for my inexperienced and slow knitting :( Seaming parties seem to be fun @ your place : kirs & saucisson, that's typically Lyonnais :)
Awwwwwwwwwww! :-)
It's very handsome, even as a poncho ;-) No doubt that your hubby will wear this sweater 'into the ground'! It's such a classic style made of great quality yarn, that I'm sure he'll get years of wear from it. (If it were me, I'd want to wear it right away...forget about the final blocking *grin*.) So, is there a finished Audrey in sight? I think you and hubby will look great together in your ribbed sweaters.
I think the poncho idea is lovely! ;) Looks great. Can't wait to see the finished product.
He likes that you knit him things? Good man. Mine would rather have polarfleece. Strangely enough, that is exactly what he gets (except for socks).
That poncho comment is too funny. Can't wait to see finished photos. It is such a great blue and I love the ribby texture.
Can't wait to see Monsieur Le Hubby's dancing pics. ;-) Congratulations on finishing the sweater. Have a great week, Becky!
Chuckle. I'm glad I'm not the only one who puts my hubster through the "here try this on before it's finished" thing. Great and manly color you found there. I'm looking forward to seeing it in it's not poncho phase :-)
The sweater looks great!! Wow! I can't wait to see it all finished! Might we see some great dancing shots in the park on a beautiful spring day?
How metrosexual of him to embrace the poncho with so much style! The sweater looks gorgeous already, so I'm sure the finished product will be "like butta"--a Land o Lakes moment (remember old SNL?). Hope it dries quickly.
Absolutely love the fringe! :-D Can't wait to see it after blocking. You're so good about seaming...that's the part I abhor and dread due to my poor (or lack of) sewing skills.
I'm sure after a few Kir's I'd be thinking poncho. Looks gorgeous as always.
Awww. Very nice. Can't wait to see hubby modelling the finished version.
hmm now I am curious. I Just did the three needle bind off for the first time yesterday, so does the 3 needle just stretch out faster than back stitch?
Ooo la..... Becky, it's wonderful!
c'est bon. ;) at first i thought it was your bod in the pic and i was like wait a minute, did she steal his sweater for herself. yeah, pays to actually READ the entry i guess...
Love the sweater! He looks very debonair in his "poncho." I can't wait to see how the sweater looks all blocked and perfect. Now if only we get a gander at the future projects those lovely swatches are intended for... I am just going to have to check daily until they are posted!
Looks faboo! Pass a kir so I can raise a glass to your knitting prowess!
What a great shade of blue! Can't wait to see the finished product. How does is the neckline finished?? (guess we'll soon see...)
I'm so jealous!!! Firstly, I'm jealous of your husband, because how lucky is he to receive such fabulous sweaters!!! Secondly, I'm jealous because my boyfriend is a big guy and it would take me forever to knit anything (as if I wasn't already super slow...) Anyhow, that sweater is absolutely gorgeous!
LOL. It looks great! and might I add that the men in your life (son & hubby) seem to be naturally born models.
Gorgeous sweater! It's like the male version of Audrey!
Okay, I just looked up 'kir royale' and now I want one. Yum. The blue sweater is looking marvelous. Monsieur Le Hubby is such a patient and willing model. Jacob still insists that he only wants a sweater if I knit a snowman on it because it would be "funny." I tried to explain that I'm not knitting a whole sweater so he can wear it as a joke...... but I'll probably do it eventually!! *sigh* Boys are silly...
An elegant quasi-poncho, a grateful husband and kir ... what more could one ask ? Ever tried creme de cassis poured over ripe strawberries ? Perfect dessert for those summer party lunches that go on into the wee small hours. ENORMOUSLY, HUGELY alcoholic though - Hic !
Hehe...I'm glad that I've got some support for the poncho idea. If I hadn't already seamed the sweater when I wrote this entry, I might have left it as a poncho! [Okay, I'm kidding.] And something else I hadn't noticed until a few of you pointed it out: My husband and I will coordinate with our matching ribbed sweaters. [Awwwwwww!] Anne: Have you ever tried a communard? I think that's how it's spelled. It's Beaujolais with Creme de Cassis or Creme de Mure. Yum! (Pardon my lack of accents, please.) P.S. My husband's uncle makes a great saucisson. He even has his own little "cave" where he cures them. Leya: I like using three-needle bind-off, but it can stretch out the stitches on heavy sweaters or yarns knit with heavier yarns. Unless it's a REALLY bulky sweater (where I want to avoid a too-thick seam), I usually save the three-needle bind-off for children's clothes or fine-gauge sweaters. Carolyn: I think you need to check your prescription. Last time I looked in the mirror, I didn't have such a pronounced Adam's apple ;-) Carrie: I dare you to knit that snowman sweater. Or how about a reindeer sweater? (Think Bridget Jones Diary.) Jacob would be forced to wear it and you'll get to hone your intarsia skills. Hee! Heather: That sounds DELICIOUS, and I've got strawberries in the fridge. You bet I'm gonna try that topping! [Hic!]
Woo hoo, the hubby sweater is done! Can't wait for the final pictures. It looks great already though, even with the "fringe"!
The sweater looks wonderful (and I didn't mistake him for you)! I confess to having a weakness for Strawberry Kir Royale! (see recipe here:
Secret: I've never had a kir royale. When ya coming over? xo
I love the colour of your hubbies sweater/poncho! He's a tall fella, isn't he?

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