Thursday, November 09, 2006

Seaming? No fear!

Finally, I finished this tank top. I don't know what it is about me, but when I am unable to do something, my guilt over it prevents me from doing something else. It's like to move on would be to officially abandon the last project. So since I was paralysed when it came to finishing the tank top, nothing else got done in the mean time.

But thanks to the support of E and Desiree, and my nearby friend Miho's assurance that she would help me out if I couldn't take it anymore, finally got me in the mode to do it.

It isn't perfect, but it's good enough for a first effort. It definitely got easier on the second go. I didn't expect it would be so hard to keep the pieces matched up! There were the same number of stitches on each piece as I carefully counted as I knitted, so I'm somewhat perplexed as to how this happens. Still, I found a way around it. When you find one side getting longer, since the method I used took two stitches at a time, I would instead take one from the shorter side to gradually help even it up.

Where it seems to be untidy and bunched up along the side, I think was unavoidable as those were at points of decreases, so the row I was seaming would suddenly disappear forcing me to move in and that bunching look.

This tank top has already had some interesting life experiences. The final weaving in the ends was completed in the company of Thora Birch, star of one of very favourite movies, Ghost World, as she was a guest on the Tom Green Live internet talk show where I was hanging out. As I worked away, Thora's mother Carol Conners asked me what I was making and admired it along with her husband Jack Birch. I would later find out they were both former porn stars and Carol a star of the famous porn 'Deep Throat'. I have not seen it, but it's nice to know my tank top has been keeping such interesting company after it's desperate fight for life over the last month.

Today I wore the tank top for the first time, which continued into this evening and another episode of Tom Green Live, soon followed by Poolside Chats With Neil Hamburger. It was during this show that I was asked to join the group the Take Your Hat Off Singers to sing "Take Your Hat Off" with Neil Hamburger, Steve-O and Kyle Gass from Tenacious D which was broadcast live over the internet from Hopefully it will be in the 'On demand' section soon.

The tank top in the Take Your Hat Off Singers, singing 'Take Your Hat Off' with Kyle Gass, Neil Hamburger and Steve-O.

So far, this tank is making up for that time it spent rolled up in a bag being ignored.


Desirée said...

Hooray!!! Congrats. Isn't it great to finish things and learn new stuff?
And it looks good too! I <3 orange. =)

Vegan Knitting said...

I'm so proud of you!

It looks awesome. The only issue I can see (the seaming on the sides looks fine to me) is how low the underarm holes are (I recognize that bra!) and I wonder if you could close it up a tiny bit.

The color is perfect and the length, too! Now I gotta make me one! Bring it at Thanksgiving so I can try it on and copy yours if it fits me.

Simone said...

Thanks guys! I couldn'thave done it without your motivation. I really felt like you were counting on me.

E, I'll bring the top on my trip. I would like to bring the armholes up a bit, but the sides end quite sharply, so it could be a mess inside if I took part of the armhole in. I thought of undoing the shoulder and taking out a few rows, but a/it might make the neck hole too small and b/ one side was attached and then the stitching done across the whole length of the neck line so it could be a disaster. I'll just keep wearing my pretty bra!

~stitchmarks said...

awesome job...when i saw it complete here, i quickly realized you wore it on poolside chats. you did a great job. i can't wait 'til they're for sale in ye olde shoppe.
take care.

stephanie said...

I am so charmed by this tank top, and also by Ghost World. I watch it when I'm in a bad mood and just a little bit of it makes me all happy again.