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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Adventures in knitting cutting

My FB status this afternoon was
Janice is apprehensive about steeking the laptop bag.

Nathania commented right away,
Cut! Cut! Cut!

That's all I needed. Instead of hand sewing the steek (I got one inch into it and thought there must be a better way), I did a quick search and found various instructions on how to machine stitch steeks.

(Now that I'm revisiting the pages, I realize that I reinforced the steek closer to the cut edge than is shown on the sites. Grrrr. That's okay. I'll go back to the sewing machine tonight.)

Anyway, I sewed, found the scissors, and took a deep breath.

Ready to steek

OMG I'm cutting my knitting

OMG I cut my knitting

It was more disturbing than I thought. After cutting, I had to leave the house for a few hours.

When I got back (after 5PM) I admired my first steek and raised a glass to all FI/stranded colorwork knitters. Cheers!

Post-steek therapy

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  • Isn't it freaky? Don't you want to do it again??

    Great job, Janice! Have you got a lining yet?

    By Blogger spinnity, at 12/04/2008 9:14 PM  

  • Wow, Janice, I thought you meant, wine, but you meant business! ;)

    By Blogger margit, at 12/05/2008 8:56 AM  

  • You are so brave. I will not dare to cut up that gorgeous knitting.

    By Blogger Ann, at 12/05/2008 4:03 PM  

  • Thank you for posting this!! I'm knitting a Meg Swansen cardigan for my grandfather-in-law that has to be steeked and I'm totally freaked out by it. Now I feel much better. I'll have to go buy a bottle of wine to drink after I'm done cutting!!

    By Anonymous Shanna, at 12/05/2008 8:40 PM  

  • I like your choice of therapy! dustyturtle

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/07/2008 7:15 PM  

  • I'm about to order the kit. Why bother cutting the tube at all? Wondering if I can do the edges differently and avoid the sewing.

    By Blogger CricketB, at 2/23/2009 10:44 AM  

  • Hi CricketB,

    You didn't leave an email address, so I hope you see this response.

    You don't need to cut your knitting. You can sew a zipper in at the top, sew the bottom closed, and be done with it.

    I bought the kit because of the steek--I've never done it before and saw this as an opportunity to experience the thrill (and terror) of a steek on a smaller project.


    By Blogger Bogie, at 2/23/2009 11:11 AM  

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