Is there a pattern or skill that you don’t yet feel ready to tackle but which you hope to (or think you can only dream of) tackling in the future, near or distant? Is there a skill or project that makes your mind boggle at the sheer time, dedication and mastery of the craft? Maybe the skill or pattern is one that you don’t even personally want to make but can stand back and admire those that do. Maybe it is something you think you will never be bothered to actually make bu can admire the result of those that have.
There are a couple of things, I’m truly itching to try and since I honestly don’t normally get intimidated by trying new things, it surprises me a bit that this one causes me to hesitate. Steeking is one of the things that truly intrigues me…. Cutting up ones knitting? hmmmmmmmmmmm…. Since I learned to sew at a very early age, I understand the concept of sewing before steeking, but it is the actual sound of the scissors cutting through the lovingly knit stitches that causes the hesitation – I imagine it to be a fingernails on a chalkboard – make your spine jumpy kind of sound – and the visual of the stitches being cut?! ugh!!!!!!! lol I’ve seen some beautiful pieces that were steeked and read many tales of how wonderfully quick, easy and painless it actually is….but I will have to do it myself, I think, before I can get it through my head that that is the case…
As I can’t imagine putting hours and hours – ok – weeks, maybe months – of my life into knitting a sweater and then “cutting it up”, I was thrilled when I received my monthly “fix” of a wee tiny steeked sock – from Meggles (Meg Blakewell) Wee Tiny Sock Club (can be found on Ravelry).
Every month, there is a new, adorable sock blocker, wee stitch markers, sometimes a treat, and a pattern that usually incorporates a new technique. I was thrilled to see this one… as cutting something tiny (I’m hoping) will be a “wee” bit less intimidating than cutting a full sized sweater! Stay tuned…. I’ll let you know 😉
Who knows….. after the wee sock, I might throw all caution to the wind ( 😉 ) and be tempted to try the Harlot’s after-thought heel inspired by: (Elizabeth Zimmerman) on a full sized pair of socks? lol
There are so MANY things I “want” to knit – but I have to say the Clapotis (the beautiful one shown in the link was knit by a blogging friend of mine and is, I think, just gorgeous)is the project I hope I have enough patience to complete some day soon. I have read about people who LOVE knitting it and have made more than one – and then I have read others who feel it is a totally boring knit. I am praying I fall into the first category, because I want the shawl sized Clapotis, not the scarf sized one (naturally 😉 )