Sunday, January 29, 2006

Auld Steekie

Well, I cut my first steek over the weekend, and I have the pictures to prove it!





I decided to cut the neck steek first since it was the smallest. I managed not to freak out too much. There was a moment's anxiety as the scissors first took to the stitches, but that moment quickly faded as I got engrossed cutting up the center. I did the long front steek as well, and now I'm picking up the stitches on either side of the band. I have to admit, there is something really satisfying about cutting up a knitted vest with scissors, especially when you know it isn't going to unravel.

A prize goes to the first person who correctly identifies the inspiration for the title of this post!

16 comments:

Pumpkinmama said...

Yay! Glad the cutting went well! No idea about your post title though!

Aprilynne said...

A reference to Auld Langzine (or however you spell it) to do with a New Year - new techniques. I don't know. My heart is still palpitating from looking at the scissors cutting, cutting -- ack! ~=][

It is gorgeous though. Wow. Can't wait to see the FO.

the fiddlin' fool said...

You mean Auld Lang Syne, the famous poem by Scotland's most renowned poet, Robert Burns? No. Hint: it's a play on words.

Aprilynne said...

old stinky sock

Aprilynne said...

Yeah, I should have totally been able to spell that. (even with a headache)Speaking of Scotland, did you and Meg happen to see Craig Ferguson's show tonight, I was crying my eyes out. =( The Wicked Tinkers were really great, tho.

meg said...

Who was on the Craig Ferguson show? A friend of mine made a point to tell me when his show was on .... but I'm so bad at remembering to watch.

Aprilynne said...

His guests were Dr. Drew Pinsky and Amy Yasbeck, his good friends. It was so sad b/c Craig Ferguson's dad had just died on Sunday, and he did a wake/tribute for the whole show. It was a total heart breaker, although not lacking in humor. THEN, since my DH slept thru it, when I told him about it, he rewound it and watched it for himself (replaytv) So I was laughing AND crying for 2 hours!

Aidan said...

Auld Reekie...you Burnsians are so predictable.

I you rather like "steek your gab forever" myself.

Sharon J said...

Nothing's ever as bad as you think it's gonna be, is it? Mind you, I don't think anybody ever forgets their very first steek. Mine was about 10-12 years ago. I'd spent thousands of hours (or so it felt) knitting an intricate sweater for my daughter and was scared witless when it came to the steeking part. Went like a dream, though. There'll be no stopping you now :) ~Sharon

meg said...

Oh, great, now Aidan's guessed it and we have to come up with a prize .... I told you this morning this would happen.

Aidan said...

Meg: He knew I had 2nd degree Burns!

mad angel said...

Wow, you guys have been busy! Some great knitting here, as always, and nice to see!

Yes, Fool and Meg, I am still alive and knitting, just busy with work and choir and knitting and stuff.

My little Corgi, Roisin Dubh, was named after the first pub I ever set foot in, in Galway. Plus Black Rose was always one of my favorite Black 47 songs, and since they were the reason I was in Galway in the first place, I decided Roisin Dubh would fit the pup nicely. It did then, and it still does three years later.

I can't go to my knit night tonight due to raunchy weather. No driving for me in this snow/slush/sleet, so I guess I'll stay put and make tracks on my commission Aran that's ALMOST done. (Pics will be on the blog as soon as it's on the woolly board drying.)

Cheers!

Paula

meg said...

Yaagh! Aidan! It's bad enough I get wretched Scottish puns at home ... I wonder if there's a "foul wordplay" filter?

Thorny said...

Ack! Your knitting - you cut it! That gives me the willies just to think about.

To April - DH and I saw Craig Ferguson's "wake" for his dad. Was amazing, just like a proper wake should be, I think. Of course, it was hell on our kleenex supply - did my share of crying my eyes out too.

Celtic Knitter said...

I've never heard of this cutting technique. It sounds scary! I've got some new research to do.

Wannietta said...

I actually gasped when I saw those scissors so close to such lovely knitting!! I know - intellectually - that this is safe knitting, but I like to live on the wild side and have yet to use a steek when I knit.