Okay, so I was a little disheartened about the whole Christmas present sweater fiasco. I was so demoralized about having to undo the stitching and unraveling the sleeve caps (again) that I kept procrastinating on fixing the problem. Then my mother came to visit, and she suggested just pinning the extra fabric, stitching it, the trimming it, and finishing the edges.
Now I have read about this kind of thing, and I know you can cut your knitting in this way, but I was never sufficiently frustrated to try it before (you see, I am used to my projects turning out).
The whole exercise has been a success and here is a little tutorial in case it ever happens to you:
Here is what the shoulders looked like before:
They were in fact worse than they appear in the photo if you can credit it.
The next step was putting the sweater on inside out and pinning it where the seam should be:
After this I basted the shoulder where it seemed like it should be, I did a few iterations of trying on and fixing the seam:
After I was happy with the seam placement, I sewed another line of stitching about three quarters of a centimetre from the first one and trimmed it:
Eek, my knitting is cut. This is something I never wanted to happen:
But in the end it was all worth it, as now it is actually wearable:
So that is the last of my Christmas presents for 2007, yeah!