Step 1: Gather your materials – blocked garment, tapestry needle, scissors, yarn to match garment, safety pins, second tapestry needle in case the first one falls in the shrubbery, warm jacket, fingerless gloves, hat, heavy soled boots, ladder, husband to hold ladder and steady nerves of knitter, bubble bath, bottle of wine.
Step 2: Ascend the ladder and do preliminary fitting. Congratulate yourself on knitting a gauge swatch.
Step 3: Beginning at the bottom of the garment work mattress stitch along first side seam until you feel faint. Stop and rest at this point. When the dizziness passes continue to sew up the seam until both feet feel paralyzed. Admit to husband that he wasn’t just being bossy when he told you to wear hard soled boots. Finish off first seam.
Step 4: Move ladder and sew other side and sleeve seam, see step 3.
Step 5: Wet block garment using rain water.
Step 6: Walk up the street a bit and admire your handiwork. Wave at the nice people staring.
Step 7: Take photos as evidence of your extreme finishing skills.
Step 8: Open bottle of wine, add bubbles to bath water and lie back.
It seemed much higher when I was on the ladder, really!