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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Eek! Steek!

Thanks to the Geek Squad at Best Buy, I'm back on my old-but-improved laptop and ready to crow about my first foray into steeking! Yes indeedy, the Emma Jacket is nearing completion.

I'm no Eunny, but I will nonetheless show you my very careful, detailed, precise, not-at-all half-assed approach to steeking. (I actually owe Eunny a huge debt of gratitude -- I completely did not grasp crochet steeking just from reading about it in my pattern. Her tutorial was a life saver.)

Here is the requisite shot of the alcohol I consumed in order to be brave enough to cut my knitting.

And here I am, cutting the knitting. Eek!

And here is the finished project. Not too shabby, huh? It was hard to imagine how the jacket would curve away from the body when it was simply a tube. Now, it has a great shape, and I think it's going to be a perfect fit. So perhaps all of that math was worth it?

See, that wasn't so painful.


Anonymous rfg said...

You are extremely brave. I would have required more beer. Can't wait to see the finished product!

10:53 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Afterwards, not so painful--but isn't it such a leap of faith to start cutting? And re: rfg, I'd say one beer is exactly right--enough to chill you out, but not enough to make you start cutting things you shouldn't!

11:10 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

beer is an absolute essential in such a daring operation. Well done! And I'm so glad the maths was all worth it.

11:41 PM  
Blogger Christy said...

So brave. It really does have a nice shape to it now.

1:18 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

Wow - congratulations on not passing out. Can't wait to see the finished product!

6:18 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

awesome! you steeked! i'm very impressed. now what? do you have go and pick up stitches and put on a border?

7:35 AM  
Blogger Knit Nurse said...

*big round of applause* you're braver than me!

7:50 AM  
Blogger MeBeth said...

I do like that shape - I cant wait to see how it looks on you!

8:47 AM  
Blogger tentenknits said...

i think i'd need a dry martini to do that. it looks fabulous and i cannot wait to see it done!

8:55 AM  
Blogger KeanaLee said...

You are brave! I am dooing Eunny's Endpaper mitts right now...I bought the pattern for the vest, it requires steeking, it scares me.

9:22 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Great post and good for you!! The jacket looks great - can't wait to see a modeled shot (hint hint). You are very brave - steeks are very scary to me!!

9:23 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Holy cow, that looks so scary! But the jacket is going to be adorable. Way to go, Carrie, you are a brave girl!

9:35 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I bow down to your courage.

9:44 AM  
Anonymous yaiAnn said...

Ack! I still need to take that jump too. Brave you. I can't wait to see how it comes out!y

10:21 AM  
Blogger Maya said...

I only ever cut knitting to make fringe--this is much braver. and it looks great!

10:29 AM  
Blogger Saun said...

Steeking is so scary! You are definitely a brave girl. I can't wait to see the finished product and to hear how you liked the pattern.

10:31 AM  
Anonymous Katy said...

Mmm, beer. Looks good--like gleek, I want to know what happens next!
Also, I just perused all your 2006 sweaters on Flickr, and I've decided you're my sweater role-model. Must. Conquer. Fear!

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Maureen said...

You are a very brave soul . . . a brave soul indeed :)

1:02 PM  
Blogger keohinani said...

wth!? you've been posting and i haven't been getting your feed in bloglines. grrr...!!! do you get that, too? like, feeds in your bloglines got dropped? it's caused me much frustration as of late. :(
anyway, good job on the successful steeking!

1:20 PM  
Blogger knittingphilistine said...

You're a badass! Go, steeker, go!

4:05 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

One beer? I would have gone right for one of the bottles of vodka I keep in the freezer--yikes. Looks like a successful mission. Congrats!

5:01 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

Absolutely fantastic! The thought of cutting a knitted garment is the stuff of my nightmares. You are truly a knitting badass!

5:33 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

Ooh, looks great!

5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bloglines mysteriously deleted your feed from my list. So weird! You're so brave cutting your knitting! I miss beer.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Miss Scarlett said...

Wow! You are one brave woman. I cannot wait to see your sweater on.

12:26 PM  
Blogger Lola and Ava said...

That's a great beer to steek with! Can't wait to see the finished sweater.

3:38 PM  
Anonymous Dorothy said...

I think my required alcohol would have been a magnum of a good white.

You have done well.

1:07 PM  
Blogger Kym said...

Geez, for me to cut into a steek, I would need some sort of prescription :)
Congrats- can't wait to see it.
Saw your article in Thursday's paper- when are they going to give you your own (is this the right term?) byline??

11:10 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

Yay you!! I think beer is often an intergral part of bravery in knitting challenges! :)

Well, at least for me anyway!

5:59 PM  
Blogger sarah said...

I LOVE it! See, steeking is not so painful :) And don't you feel pretty cool now? I love when I try something new and it actually works instead of getting totally screwed up.

6:58 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

bravo for steeking... I'm just glad it's you and not me - I would have thrown up from the anxiety of it all.

12:03 AM  

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