Oh my. I am on Swatch #9, my friends. And there are 24 swatches. Then there are the projects, and of course I am working on the questions as I work on the swatches. Don’t forget the history paper and the book report. This is a Vast Undertaking, Constant Reader. I wonder how much of this I will have to re-do after the first submission. Joyful thought, no?
Here are the pieces of Swatch #7, blocked, before seaming.
Yes, those are the dreaded Stair Steps of Doom. I try to avoid them at all costs in real-life knitting. Of course, that’s the answer to one of the questions: compare and give your opinion on seaming these bound-off steps (ugh!), short rows and three-needle bind-off (yay!), and short rows and Kitchener stitch (meh). Guess what I’ll be saying. But I did actually learn how to seam those stair steps without having it look like the dog’s dinner. The seaming yarn is dark grey. Ta da!
Swatch 8 was nice by comparison: short rows (which I do in the manner described by Cat Bordhi in New Pathways for Sock Knitters, Book One) and three-needle bind off, also known as joinery cast off.
Swatch 9 is in the works, but consists of the same instructions for Swatch 8 up until the bind off, when you have to graft it with Kitchener stitch. Since I am a certified (certifiable?) Sock Maven, I don’t expect this to be too horrible. Then I need to answer the question mentioned above, and then I need to trip tra-la along since there are so many more swatches! Zoiks! and away!