Thursday, January 19, 2006

The Fair Isle Vest

A brief update... My Knit Picks order arrived today. Yay!! (Hey--what do you know? Some sock yarn snuck in there!) I looked at the pattern for the vest ... and it is steeked!! Waaah!!

I really feel this should have been mentioned prominently in the description. Of course, Smart Knitters would probably have known that there would be steeks involved just by looking at it.

I cannot do steeks because: (1) just reading Eunny's recent posts have made me woozy, (2) I do not have a sewing machine, and oh yeah, (3) the idea of steeks makes me woozy.

So now I have this bunch of Merino Style and what the hell am I going to do with it? Also, Mr. A has asked about the Vest. And, considering what he has had to say about my project choices in the past, what will he say if I tell him I can't do it because it's too hard? Especially given that I have, in fact, hired help with the housecleaning?


Blogger Marina said...

Before you give up, why don't you try it out on something old or a Goodwill sweater or something?

9:43 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Wow! They really should have had that in the info about the pattern. Marina has a good suggestion though.

9:45 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Steeks are scary. Yikes. But . . . you never know until you try. You can do it!!

10:44 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I think you can do the steeks. But what do I know? I've never done one. You don't need a sewing machine though - you can either hand sew it or you can crochet it. My teacher & I were talking about this in class the other day. :)

11:04 PM  
Blogger Olga said...

um...send it back? can't you send it back? (I guess I'm the only wuss here.)

11:10 PM  
Blogger christine said...

whew....steeks are beyond me, and I've been knitting for over 30 years...but, perhaps you can truly do it? I think you can........(let me know how it turns out)

11:37 PM  
Blogger msubulldog said...

I laughed out loud at the sock yarn comment. :)
Um. Steeks. Yeah.
Maybe knit it anyway and deal with the steeks later? I know, I'm in denial. Um. Could you find a sewing machine to borrow?
They definitely should have mentioned that in the description.

11:38 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

Pardon me for being dense, but what's a steek?

12:14 AM  
Blogger candsmom said...

Yikes, I totally hear you on the steeks and feeling woozy bit. Eunny's posts were so over my head I that I could almost hitch a ride on the planes flying next to me. ;-) The hell with Smart Knitters, they REALLY should've mentioned the steek business. That said, I totally think you can do it, Laura. I really, really do. Give Mr. A something to talk about. ;-)

2:01 AM  
Anonymous jessie said...

I think you can do the steeks. (You don't necessarily need a sewing machine. I think.) Think how awesome it would be to have no purl rows in something as complicated as that Fair-Isle pattern.

Steeks! Steeks! Steeks!

(Also, I just like saying it.)

Good luck with whatever you decide.

5:17 AM  
Blogger Theresa said...

I think you could do the steeks. But why not check and see if your gauge stays the same knit in the round and flat - then you could switch to knitting back and forth (maybe even change needle sizes) at the armholes instead of steeking.

9:04 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

As others have said, you don't need a sewing machine to do steeks. Heck, you don't even have to do ANYTHING before you cut. Some people just cut and rely on the grabbiness of the wool to keep it all together. However, I'm not that brave.

9:22 AM  
Blogger Sonya said...

Oohhh, steeks are scary. But think how powerful you'll feel after you accomplish it! And it would certainly add a certain excitement to the Olympic knitting. ;o)

9:31 AM  
Blogger margene said...

You can do it. Borrow a machine or find someone who can sew it for you. TRULY it is not hard!!

9:49 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

hey, marina has a good point there. I'm sure you could probably do the steeking park by hand (Are the steeks because they tell you to knit in the round and then cut steeks to make the armholes?), so maybe just trying it on a sweater you don't care about wouldn't be a bad idea...

I have been glancing at Eunny's MASSIVE TUTORIALS for steeking and filed it away as something I'll read at a later date when I absolutely have to. Hopefully, not anytime soon.

Just another though, would it be possible to convert the pattern to a flat pattern if it's knit in the round and avoid steeking altogether?

Just because of the steeks alone, this should DEFINITELY qualify for the Knitting Olympics...

12:21 PM  
Blogger Catherine Kerth said...

i love the socks! the color is really pretty.... when i order from knitpicks, sock yarn always seem to get the cart too ;)

12:49 PM  
Blogger eunny said...

crochet, baby. Seriously, it works perfectly on Merino. Or knit it flat! It might take a little longer, but if it keeps the wooziness factor to a minimum, it's owrth it.

2:11 PM  

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