The key to finishing my big knitting project

17 November 2016

On Monday, I reposted a 2009 post about the patchwork quilt I started knitting ten years ago. It took me two years to finish knitting the 63 squares. A year later, with the help of friends, I figured out a pretty layout for the squares and seamed them together. (I used only 48 of the 63 squares.) I started a knitting a binding around the edge. And that’s where the project stalled.

I bet I hadn’t touched the afghan since 2010. That’s when I placed it in a bag and put it in the closet because (a) knitting the applied i-cord binding was unbearably tedious and (b) I didn’t even know what I was going to do with the afghan when I was finished.

All that changed about a month ago. My knitting group now meets at the City Sewing Room a wonderful place for people who sew to use sewing machines (and other sewing accoutrements) and get advice. You can also have alterations and special projects sewn for you there. On October 19 when I was there, I saw that Anne, the owner, was sewing a flannel backing to a knitted baby blanket. My antennae immediately went up.

With the encouragement of my crafty friends who were there—and who helped me lay the afghan out way back in 2009—I talked with Anne about the possibility of her sewing a flannel backing on my much larger afghan. She said that wouldn’t be a problem. When I lamented that I still needed to finish knitting the binding, she mentioned that she could sew a flannel binding on. Sold! In no time, I ripped out the binding I’d already knitted. It felt great.

Two weeks later, I’d purchased and washed flannel and brought it to Anne, along with the clean and blocked afghan. I now have a beautiful, cozy afghan I can sleep under in bed or lie under on the couch. Last evening I used it as a lap blanket.

Here are a couple of photos. It feels like a miracle.

I got to thinking about how this happened and realized the key:

Impossible projects become possible when you enlist the help of experts.

For me, binding that afghan and then figuring out how to make is useful (it’s wool and too itchy to use without some sort of backing) was an insurmountable hurdle. For Anne, it was no big deal, just a few hours work.

The same is true for clutter or all sorts of other projects. My team and I come in and, in a few hours, help clients transform spaces in their home that had felt impossible to tackle on their own.

I am so happy to have this project completed and so glad I found an expert to help me. And I’m very grateful to Anne and my craft sisters for helping me make it happen!

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I am in awe of your knitting skills, Janine! And the backing and binding look beautiful. I have a needlepoint square about 20 years in the making that I want to have made into a footstool, but haven’t found anyone to do the finishing work that is beyond my skill. (I guess I need a carpenter and upholsterer, not a sewing expert :-) Thanks for showing that it’s never too late to finish and enjoy!

Margaret Lukens 11/17/2016 08:05 PM

Thank you so much, Margaret! You can get that footstool done!

Janine Adams 11/18/2016 07:48 PM

Anything is possible if you put your mind to it! What a great story with a beautiful result. The power of community sure gets things done in so many ways! John

John Trosko 04/16/2017 10:30 AM

Thanks for your kind comment, John!

Janine Adams 04/16/2017 03:56 PM

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