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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Oh, NOW I Get the Whole Steeking Thing...

I've been laid low with a fibro flare the past few days...(not fun), and sleep, hot packs, and muscle relaxers have been the order of the days...when not groggy, I've worked on the Cat Mittens and have made a little progress.

Then today, as I picked them up again, I discovered an "Ooops!"

No biggie, I've fixed these things in stockinette socks before, so I gathered my tools and got under an exceedingly bright light:

I had to add that teensy crochet hook (of my mom's - she used to crochet the delicate edgings of my grandmother's beautifully embroidered pillowcases and dresser scarves, so I have a lot of these teensy tiny hooks).

As I tried to drop the stitch down, I suddenly had a revelation! This is why steeking (cutting Fair Isle after it's knitted to insert a zipper, or button band) is really not so fearsome as it sounds - this yarn (Dale of Norway Daletta) is really STICKY! It was all I could do to UN-do my stitches...
But I finally managed and using the teensiest hook, I switched that dark stitch for the light and brought it back up again. And in the process of bring that stitch up, I suddenly saw:
Ooops #2!

So of course, I dropped THAT stitch down, fixed it and brought the light yarn up again...
Not so bad, eh?

Now I'm not 100% certain that this means I'll be trying a big Fair Isle piece anytime soon, but it certainly proves the point that steeking isn't something to completely fear.

Besides, I have a sewing machine and I know how to use it!


Blogger Diana said...

My vest steeks are ready to cut. I need help before I tackle that. I'll go over Catie's one day. Why do mittens need a steek?

8:58 PM  
Blogger anno said...

I'm glad you got your oopses fixed but I don't really get why this makes you feel cozy with the steeks thing..

steeks are scary!

12:08 AM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

Excellent fixes! I hope you feel 100 percent better soon. (((hugs)))

6:45 AM  
Blogger Knitting Linguist said...

Having had that revelation for the exact same reason - I totally get what you mean!! Steeks work for a reason :) (Now, that's not to say I'd try them with a silk blend!!) :)

3:06 PM  
Anonymous twinsetellen said...

Steeks and superwash - also a non-starter. Excellent job on the fixes!

9:32 PM  
Blogger Ruinwen said...

Wow! You fixed that like the pro you are! Very impressive Fair Isle! :)

3:17 PM  
Blogger La Cabeza Grande said...

Love! the tiny hooks. So great that you have your mom's tools. Nice job on the fixes.

3:14 PM  

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