At the Still Point of the Turning World
Residency is over, NOW what? (While I'm waiting for the answer, I'll get some spinning done....)

Monday, May 26, 2003


I've always loathed seaming pieces together, partly because it's such a letdown after the enjoyable knitting, and partly because I've always used a clumsy overhand stitch, which resulted in lumpy seams.

Inspired in large part by Bonne Marie's enthusiasm for mattress stitching, I researched this technique, but couldn't wrap my mind around the concept. You have to understand, I'm the type of person who has to visualize a technique before attempting it, so if my mind won't wrap, my hands won't work. Weird, aren't I?

Then, while reviewing skin suturing techniques (remember, I'm on ER this month), I found a good textbook diagram for horizontal mattress sutures. A-ha!

You see, it was easier for me to wrap my mind around the concept of a mattress stitch when applied to the edges of a cut in the skin than to the edges of two knit fabrics. Weird, right?

Never mind. I got it. It works. I seamed the Obi sides together this afternoon--flat, even, and (almost) invisible. Photos to come soon, promise.

Now, of course, I feel like starting all kinds of knitted-in-pieces projects, just to have seams to finish. Still not as fun a s knitting, but potentially addictive nonetheless.