home straight

I know that some knitters hate finishing, but for me, it really is one of the great pleasures of producing a garment. How I enjoy trimming a steek. . .

. . . grafting a shoulder seam so that it matches in pattern . . .

. . . finding a nifty way to create a neat facing when you can’t use a tubular cast-on. . .


(viz: keep the stitches live, thread onto long length of waste yarn; pin out; use right end of waste yarn to sew down each live stitch in turn, removing left end as you go)

. . . admiring the satisfying result from the right side . . .

. . . . . but the finishing is not quite finished yet . . .

. . . first I have to pick up stitches along the turned edge of the facing to add an edging. . .

Yes, I’ll be going for a predictable i-cord finish as Schleck and his pals speed down the Champs-Élysées.