You know the feeling when you can see the end of something and you try to get there fast? I’ve been feeling that way with Sari, with each color change I can feel the end coming closer and closer. I have noticed that I have to keep that in mind due to the fact that the chart for me has gotten a bit too repetitive, but I keep being persistent. I mean, after all we are in the midsts of a knit against and I have to try to beat the others that I’m “competing” with. I know one is still about 4 chart repeats ahead of me, but the more that I can knit in a day the better my chances of beating or coming very close are. It’s times like these that you realize that you may be a competitive person and honestly the whole reason of a knit against isn’t winning or loosing. However I do admit it is nice to know that you finished before everyone else, but that’s not the point I’m trying to make. The point is that it get everyone motivated to finish that project, point things out to the others if you’re ahead so they don’t make the same mistakes, learn from their mistakes, and have a group that you get to play a game with. That game we have come to find is one that when you see those people you ask what chart, repeat, color, etc they are on. With the first Knit Against it was chart, along with the next few that was the case as well, but with Sari it’s what color are you on, because there are a lot of colors that are used in it. Which makes it as spectacular as it is. But something to keep in mind with a Knit Against, its always a project that has a level playing field. One that doesn’t have sizes, because if we did socks, I would definitely be at a huge disadvantage, same with sweaters, and anything sizing related. That’s a reason we choose shawls, one size, level playing field, just us yarn, pattern, and the excitement.
The one thing that I don’t want to do with this whole project is sew in the ends. As I said before there are a lot of colors, well you can only guess what that might also mean. That would mean there are a lot of ends that need to be tamed as well. That is one of the things that will get me to not finish a project, the ends. If it looks like a wooly Medusa then it just makes me want to put the project away in a dark place, so I don’t have to look at it. However there are some projects that I just want it done and to be able to admire and show off my work. Grettir was one of those projects in which I happily sewed in the ends. I mean there are 16 main colors, 8 warm progression, 8 cold progression colors, with of the color changing, small diamonds, theres a lot of ends. As the knitting came closer and closer to being done, the task of sewing in the ends became more and more evident.
Finaly, kniting was done, the ends took about 1.5-2 hours to sew them all in. All that was left to do was to submerge it in water and block it until it said Uncle. I do block it a little bit poast the point when it says Uncle, but when it says that it’s a good point to stop strehing it. Here are pictures of it before and after blocking, it grew quitea bit and really shows the benefits of blocking.
I’m so glad that it’s done, I will defiently be wearing this to Stitches West next month. I might try to get a picture of me wearing it, maybe.