Marie from sel&poivre commented on Friday reminding me to put in a basting stitch. Basting stitches, done in a bright contrasting colour, are a great idea.
With basting complete, I sewed and cut the first steek. The neckline.
I proceeded to cut all steeks because that is what the pattern said to do. " Secure and cut all steeks..." then, "fold the cut steeks to the inside of the sweater and stitch them down using the sweater wool (I did) or sewing thread."
This is where the near disaster happened. There were so, so many threads hanging loose. Sewing machine threads, basting threads and cut stitch yarn threads. What a mess! I panicked. Could the sweater be recovered? Patiently and slowly - do you know how 'not me' that is - I sewed down every hem. I knit the neckline, the neckline hem and sewed it down.
That done, this is what my sweater looks like.
With a close up of that neckline, because I can't believe it and I think it is so gorgeous. Excuse my immodesty.
While it might be tempting fate to say I can coast from here on in, two sleeves and seven crocheted buttonholes are all that stand between me and a gold medal.