Hello again, friends! The past week has been intensely busy as the Dafter has needed a lot of help and Michael has been working every waking minute hosting an international conference. No prizes for guessing the main topic of conversation. I haven’t had time to do much for myself, including reading blogs – apologies to my faithful blog-friends. But here is a wee post about steeking.
First, however, a lovely pen-and-ink drawing that the Dafter is permitting me to share with you. We have been doing some sorting in her room and this was one of many art pieces that emerged, done when she was 15. At this point she was not yet studying art in school.
And now to knitting. The past week I have particularly been following the advice of the great Elizabeth Zimmermann, who counselled: “Knit on, with confidence and hope, through all crises.” So here are some photos of how I have cut open one of the armhole steeks, and begun the sleeve:
I know from experience that the steek stitches will not unravel, because I am using wool, which has a lot of fibres that cling to each other (felting if rubbed too hard). A steek will work very well with wool, but won’t work with less “clingy” fibres such as cotton or silk.
I won’t do anything with the steek stitches until I have finished the sleeves and the buttonband. When I get that far, I’ll show you how I finish them. I will admit I am not a very elegant finisher of steeks. There are some very good tutorials online of different ways of steeking, and finishing steeks. I would recommend looking at Kate Davies’ online tutorials for more information. My point here is that I know the steeks will be just fine, and they will not unravel. I know this because I forgot to finish one armhole steek in the very first steeked jacket I ever made, back in 2001. I didn’t discover this omission until nearly a decade later, when I turned it inside out to show someone how it had been put together. It’s still just lying there obediently, slightly felted down from wear.
I am off on another getaway soon, and I will tell you all about it. I’m nervous and excited! It involves the Inner Hebrides and singing…. I wish you all a lovely weekend and beginning of the week to come. For my American family and friends, happy 4th of July!