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A return to routine…

October 4, 2009

Let us head straight to the knitting, shall we?

Rosalind is in pieces. She has been so very neglected over the past few months, but I have returned my attention to her. The fronts and back are busy blocking their way to happiness…

Fronts & backs of Rosalind blocking.

Fronts & backs of Rosalind blocking.

The patterning is simple yet elegant in this remembrance of Shakespearean imagery. Shakespeare is known for lush natural imagery and the meandering trail of leaves in this pattern reminds me of Rosalind as she escapes her identity by dressing as a boy in order to avoid the clutches of an evil duke.

Trainling leaves patterning of Rosalind.

Trainling leaves patterning of Rosalind.

In other knitterly news: I finally found a Sunday free of the obligations of work and the chaos of a major move. I travelled to MacKenzie Coles and found my group awaiting with eager queries, knitterly accomplishments, and warm smiles. Jan continued stitching up Lily Chin sweaters that she picked up in Humboldt this past June. Kelsey (with almost normal coloured hair) was stitching something in pink yarn. Bev continued on with the Engineering red sweater. Christine will attempt to chart and construct some colourwork mittens. Mary, of course, has been busy overdying 1/2 priced uglies:

Overdying turns uglies into beauties.

Overdying turns uglies into beauties.

The most notably progressed achievement is that of Myrna’s sweater. The beautifully varigated yarn is stitched into sweater form, but with a little surprise – the neck will be steeked! Yes, my friends, steeking was the word of the day. You can do it Myrna. Here’s hoping that in two weeks time we find the sleeves attached and the neck steeked:

Myrna's steek experiment.

Myrna's steek experiment.

Steeking is not all that difficult, just a bit daunting on the first try. In my own experience, the trick is to stitch TWO, not one, rows of machine stitch (as small a count as you can get) about 1/4 ” apart before the cutting of the yarn. My experiment turned out quite well.

Now, back to Rosalind for me as she is in need of only two sleeves and she can be retired as another FO.

Remember, folks, that next weekend is Thanksgiving and MacKenzie Coles is closed for the holiday. See all of you in two weeks.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 4, 2009 6:01 pm

    If a sweater is knit with non-superwash wool, it isn’t supposed to need machine stitching in order to steek. The fibers will grab onto each other and hold firm. But again, one needs a good solid wool with a good grab to it.

    • bonniezink permalink*
      October 6, 2009 7:28 am

      I’ve heard the same thing. Although, I’ve not tried it myself. I’ve steeked only once and it was a good experience. I had the best support during the process. Yep, that was you, M!

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