Wednesday, February 4, 2009

In the Sewing World, I Would Call This a Muslin

You know, sew it out on a rogue or leftover piece of fabric to see what the end results would look like. Apparently, the sleeves were bothering me so much that I woke up really, really early in an attempt to do something about it. I pulled out a leftover wheat-colored yarn from my scrap stash that happened to be the same yarn I'm using for my sweater (Wool-Ease Thick & Quick). I started knitting a test sample of the sleeve. Well, what do you know? I think I've got it down. The sides of the sleeve are looking straight. In my two attempts last night, the sides were nubby and just looked terrible.

My test sleeve

So, DH woke up early to find me MIA. He wandered into my sewing room to find me sitting on the floor with my finished test sample. I was smiling from ear to ear, he was not as thrilled as I was.

My first muslin attempt, was knitting a mini sample of the front/back section of the sweater. I was curious to see what this baby would look like before I used up the 7 skeins of yarn.

My mini test stitches

I'm on a roll with this sweater. Once I'm done with knitting the two sleeves, the next step of sewing all the pieces together will be an interesting experience for me. I'm armed with a few books to help me through this process.


Trina said...

Congratulations on your first official swatch! Its a good habit to get into :)

Amy said...

LOL! I can not think of how many times that I've woke up at about 3a.m. after getting frustrated the day before and then dreaming of that particular project. My husband has never gotten it either!

2BSewing: said...

I already know how important knitting the "gauges" are. I figure I need to do mini swatches until I get more experience under my belt.

I'm actually getting a bit tired of getting up so early. I guess I need to stop thinking about my projects so late at night. My poor DH. :)