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DavidSydney63
09-19-2012, 02:37 AM
I decided to start knitting again, after a hiatus of many years, and am working on a "hoodie". Big mistake, not only is it taking ages to do, as it's for a XXL sized MAN but it's all boring ol' stocking stitch. However, I can see the finish line in the distance now as I'm galloping towards the end of the final bit, the hood. When I started the hood (after completing the front, back and two sleeves) I thought - thank god, I'm nearly there ... only to discover it's quite wide AND about 85 cms in length (which is 33 inches) ... AND I've just realised I'm about two balls short and coming to the end of my last one, silly me, but eBay to the rescue.

So, I vow, to thee, my next project will be something smaller, considerably smaller, er, like a vest.

My project news, that's all - fairly boring to all I assume. But fun for me.

David (Sydney, Australia) :knitting:

salmonmac
09-19-2012, 05:00 AM
Miles of stockinette can be that way. I like to alternate it with an aran pattern or a fair isle or lace. Then it seems like such a pleasure to just knit, knit, knit.

DavidSydney63
09-19-2012, 05:17 AM
I wasn't that brave - but next time!

fatoldladyinpjs
09-19-2012, 09:17 AM
Look at it this way. The hoodie is something you'll enjoy wearing for years to come. And you're going to get so many compliments on it!

GrumpyGramma
09-19-2012, 01:32 PM
Finishing a big project is great. Good for you. Enjoy your hoodie.

DavidSydney63
09-19-2012, 06:27 PM
And when the compliments come flooding in I'll say, when asked "who made it for you?" - "why, me, of course! Who else..?" and I can just hear the choruses of "yeah right!!"

Daylilydayzed
09-20-2012, 05:47 PM
When my daughter wore an outfit I made for her in middle school, her friend wanted to know where she bought it at. My daughter told her " My Mom made it". Then the friend showed her true colors by saying" So that is why it looks so tacky". I was taught to sew by a great teacher in high school that when you have people asking where you bought something that you made, you have reached the level of HandMade items. Sewing for me was an outlet that let me save money when my kids were growing up. I have a son who when a chil, clothes in the stores did not fit him, even the smallest size sold in stores was too big on him. He is 37 now and buys his clothes in the boys departments of stores. he is about 5 ft tall, weighs less than 100 lbs and most people who see him think he is a teenager. It really shocks them when they find out that he is an adult.

GrumpyGramma
09-20-2012, 07:26 PM
When my daughter wore an outfit I made for her in middle school, her friend wanted to know where she bought it at. My daughter told her " My Mom made it". Then the friend showed her true colors by saying" So that is why it looks so tacky". I was taught to sew by a great teacher in high school that when you have people asking where you bought something that you made, you have reached the level of HandMade items. Sewing for me was an outlet that let me save money when my kids were growing up. I have a son who when a chil, clothes in the stores did not fit him, even the smallest size sold in stores was too big on him. He is 37 now and buys his clothes in the boys departments of stores. he is about 5 ft tall, weighs less than 100 lbs and most people who see him think he is a teenager. It really shocks them when they find out that he is an adult.

That's too bad about the girl saying it looked tacky. Sounds like she was jealous. I made my MS GD a sweater from cotton yarn and she told me she was asked where she got her sweater so her friend could go get one for herself. Even though you got something of a backhanded compliment, it was a compliment just the same. Middle schoolers are impossible creatures! We love them just the same. I hated sewing at school, all I learned was I didn't like the way the teacher had us do anything. When she found out I had made the princess seam jacket I was wearing and matched the checks she decided that maybe I could sew. She was not a good teacher, nobody learned anything except sewing sucks from her. I still shudder at the thought.

DavidSydney63
09-26-2012, 09:13 AM
Oh, my goodness!!! At 11:00pm on a slightly chilly Sydney Wednesday evening I finished my hoodie!!

I'm on cloud nine - now, remains to sew it up using matress stitch. I've never done this so feeling a little out of my comfort zone.

YAY !!!

It's been a nightmare because I knitted half of it first time, and realised my gauge was off so started again.

My lesson - always "do the guage" (tension square where I come from).

Antares
09-26-2012, 09:42 AM
Congrats on your finished hoodie, David.

Now get that puppy sewn together and let's see a picture of it!! After all, if it's "chilly," you may need to wear it soon.

DavidSydney63
09-26-2012, 09:53 AM
Sewing the puppy together is causing me MUCH stress. I've just watched an amazing "YouTube" demonstrating matress stitch.

The instructions "TO MAKE UP" were written by someone who was obviously on his/her last bottle of ink.

here it is:

DO NOT PRESS. Join should seams. Placing centre of sleeve to shoulder seam, sew sleeves evenly between coloured threads. Join side and sleeve seams. Fold hood in half and join back seam. Sew hood in position, easing any extra fullness across back neck if necessary and placing shaped front edges to front neck, as pictured.

YEAH RIGHT

:knitting:

GrumpyGramma
09-26-2012, 01:54 PM
:yay: :woot: :thumbsup: :happydance: :balloons:
Wonderful!

I think for me it might not be possible to knit a hoodie once and be done, the ones I made must have been knitted 3 or 4 x each. :teehee: But then, I jumped off the deep end and started a hooded cardigan when I started knitting.

suzeeq
09-26-2012, 04:22 PM
Actually, that's how most finishing instructions read. They won't give you the steps for how to seam, figuring you would learn that somewhere else.

Antares
09-26-2012, 05:31 PM
The instructions "TO MAKE UP" were written by someone who was obviously on his/her last bottle of ink.

here it is:

DO NOT PRESS. Join should seams. Placing centre of sleeve to shoulder seam, sew sleeves evenly between coloured threads. Join side and sleeve seams. Fold hood in half and join back seam. Sew hood in position, easing any extra fullness across back neck if necessary and placing shaped front edges to front neck, as pictured.

Sounds to me like this person was drinking the last bottle of ink while he or she was writing the "instructions."

I hope you can find better guidance than this, and if you have a specific question, ask here. You know you'll get a good answer double-quick!

fatoldladyinpjs
09-26-2012, 06:47 PM
Actually, those directions sound about right. I sewed all my kids' clothes when they were little. That's the correct order to put a garment together. I suggest you pin the pieces together before you seam them. They stretch out and you may find they don't line up. Then you have to take it all out and start over. Much easier to pin it together every inch or two all the way along the seam.