I am so amazed: I finished my Kauni Cardigan. I’m not amazed by the finished Kauni — what amazed me was that I allowed myself to BE FINISHED with it!
As I described to my knitting peeps on Thursday evening (at a wonderful Christmas soiree hosted by Mary!!), I had major Kauni concerns:
1) The sleeves were not going in as planned. The seaming looked like crapola. So I decided to pick up around the armholes and graft in the sleeves. This step was completed this morning. They did turn out looking better than the seams did. I should have picked up and knitted down after all .
Note: I chose to knit the sleeves from the cuff up so I could control the color of the cuffs. It didn’t even work out that way! I ended up with strange-colored cuffs anyway! Here’s a pic to prove it:
2) I did not like the front bands AT ALL!! I had spent 12-15 hours knitting the front and neck bands in one piece on 60″ needles (seriously!). I did not like the band for several reasons: band too wide, neck opening too small, top buttonhole not centered, blah, blah, blah; yada, yada, yada. My plan was to redo the band completely, even though many, many hours of knitting would be involved. I wanted the sweater to turn out, of course. I spent most of Saturday evening pouring over my new, improved approach to the band to “fix” all the stuff I did not like about it, but could not come up with a plan.
Drum roll, please. I decided to do nothing. I bound it off and it is blocking at this moment. I tossed in the towel. I gave up. I caved. I decided that enough was enough. AND IT FEELS FANTASTIC!!!! I did not want to spend umpteen hours re-knitting the bands when I wasn’t even sure they would look better. I decided that it was GOOD ENOUGH! I did not strive for perfection or to be the best that I could be — I didn’t care!! Woo Hoo! Susan made a breakthrough . And, don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean that I ever get to perfection, but at least I do try to do my best — except for today!! [Susan is now doing her 'happy dance' around the room]
Here is the Good-Enough Kauni:
So I am 95% done with this bad boy! I need to do some inside finishing and find buttons (always a Ruh Roh! ), BUT the main part of the Kauni is behind me. I’ll post more pictures when it is off the ground!
It feels so good to be bad!