Finish that sweater, it really won’t take that long

It is odd, but knitters, even the ones who like to sew (like me), will put off the finishing of a knit for far too long.  

I’m usually really good about finishing projects right away. And I’ve gotten very good at having only two or three knitting projects on the go at any given time. 

Alas, this poor cardigan is an example of some slippage on my part.  It was meant to be for one child but was put away  at the point of stitching the pockets and adding the buttons. 

Gramps is a great pattern, and there is little to sew. When we moved across the country (again) I kept it out so it could be finished.  The loose ends – quite literally – were bothering me.

The other night I decided to finish said seams, tiny as they were, and to sew on the 7 buttons. It took me all of about 30 minutes. Silly girl.

All I needed to do was make the decision, and I feel better for it. 

It was a reminder that sometimes we put things off thinking that somehow they will take too much time. Too much bother. We make the simple tasks out to be so much more than they are. Building mountains out of molehills. Imagining the worst, the slog, the drudgery. We procrastinate. And then we do it in no time at all. And hopefully realize it would have been so much better just to do it straight away.

So, now it is done; a finished object.

As luck would have it, there is another little person in our circle who this cardigan should fit quite nicely.  

Do you have something you need to finish? Go on. It probably won’t take as long as you think! 




Skeins of Berocco Vintage yarn, orange and blue
Gramps blue rust in progress. Seams to be sewn.
Gramps cardigan in Berocco Vintage. Blue and orange. All done save the buttons.

A few details about the project you can find all the details here.

My knitterly friends know that I don’t like man made fibres and prefer natural fibres, wool most of all. For easy care – read that it can survive a dryer – this is a good choice.  It knits up into a nice soft and squishy fabric. Is not too splitty, and comes in a wide range of colours. 

Gramps pattern by Tin Can Knits. Awesome pattern, highly recommended. This is actually my third one, ok, second one started, but third one finished! 

Size: 6 years

Yarn: Berocco Vintage 

5146 Azure Blue – 3 skeins (300g total)

5164 Tang, orange – 1 skein (100g total)

Needles: 4.0mm



Gramps in Grey and orange.

Above is my first ‘Gramps‘ size 18 months. To the right is one I made for myself with some of my hand-dyed yarn.

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