Sewing in the ends

Sewing in the ends

It’s the hardest thing to do. Not because it’s a complicated endeavour, but because if you put that finished project down for five damn seconds, it’s impossible to get around to picking it back up within a month.

No? Just me?

I do this all the time. A few months ago I decided to knit my partner a hoody since she wears them a lot and I don’t care about the sweater curse, we’re basically married anyway (we’ve been together nearly seven years, when did this happen, and if living on different continents for some of that time didn’t break us, the sweater curse hasn’t got a chance). I finished it just after Christmas, then decided I was done with it and would give it to her for Valentines, honest.

It’s May. This weekend, mid-concussion and still unable to knit because my tendons hate me, I picked up the hoody. I took ten minutes to sew in the ends, and suddenly I have a completed project on my hands.

She likes it. I’m giving it to her just in time for it to be too warm for her to wear, but no one ever said I was made of logic.Hoody for Nari - Knitter Nerd

It’s currently spread out behind me on my blocking mats, mocking me by taking roughly five bajillion years to dry. I also have to sew on the buttons but I won’t put that off once it’s dry – my partner now knows it exists, so I have to get around to it. Them’s the rules.

(That didn’t work when I made her the Avengers blanket, though… That took about eighteen months to give to her.)

This is clearly something I need to change. I sorted out my basket of random projects the other day and realised roughly 25% of them are about ten minutes from being finished. Do I just not like finishing things? Do I have commitment issues? Or do I just get too easily distracted?

Since my hands aren’t letting me knit at all these days, I may as well take some time to weave in some ends and finish up some older projects. After all, that will make me look super productive with minimal effort. Why yes, I did finish a sweater and a pair of socks and a shawl all in one weekend! (I started that shawl about 4 years ago, but that will go unsaid.)

It turns out knitters are a predictable lot, so I know I’m not the only one to do things like this. Has anyone got any tips for getting past it?

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4 thoughts on “Sewing in the ends

  1. 2 blankets and 1 scarf waiting for ends and blocking. I also procrastinate blocking. Hate blocking I think even more than weaving ends in. BTW one blanket and the scarf only have 1 end yarn to weave in!

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  2. I’m also completely like that, I’ve learned to darn in ends as I go so I can’t leave them! There’s a thing about optimum ‘mind business thing’ (there’s a technical word, I just can’t remember it), where if you’re doing something really easy, your brain is bored and so wants other things going on, whereas if you’re doing something hard (test etc) you don’t want anything else going on. Maybe try having a conversation or something while you darn them in?

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  3. I do this, I thought it was just me getting excited about new projects and being lazy. Now I know it’s a thing I can just accept it and embrace my procrastination. I have Elsa crowns I was knitting my two youngest for Christmas still waiting to be assembled and a couple of hats waiting for a tidy up. There’s always something bigger and better to start 🙂

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