06 August 2009

Countdown to S-Day

Yesterday, I was finished earlier than usual at work, so I had the chance to come home, clean up, eat something, and then actually go to Knitting Circle at Rosie's! It has been months since I could go. It's on Wednesday evenings from 6-8 pm, and since I'm lucky if I get home by 6 pm, it's usually not a go for me. Plus, once I'm home from work, I really have to clean myself up, as working at a stabilized ruin does not leave one fresh and sparkly at the end of the day ...

Anyway, Lisa was there (she is the owner who has been helping me with my first fair-isle project, started in a class she taught in February 2008), which was a nice surprise, not just because I hadn't seen her for a while, but also because I could ask her about her availability to help me cut my first steeks!!! (Ev-er.)

Yes ladies, gentlemen, and children of all ages - prepare yourself - the knitting of the body of Dotty has been completed, and the ends woven in!

The Garden Kitty approves.

I hope once I get it finished, I can get a picture of it with better yarn background color - it's not as "pink" as it looks in most of the pictures I've been able to get. But I'm very pleased so far with how it looks, and hope that I haven't done anything that will make cutting steeks problematic (or more problematic than even thinking about doing that!).

So keep a good thought for me on Tuesday, August 18, which at the moment will be "S-Day at Rosie's" ...

So will I take a break from fair isle, even if Dotty turns out just the way I want it to look? Apparently not. Because Lorraine invited me, I've signed myself up for another fair isle project - a Dales sweater knitalong on Ravelry, that will begin in January. It seemed like a good idea at the time ... of course, if I can't save up the money to buy the kit of yarn, it will all be a moot point. But I thought it might be fun, and even though I'm new to fair isle, it is a lot of fun to see what happens as you are knitting.

Stay tuned. 'Cause there's still plenty of time for a lot of things to change ...

9 comments:

Jenn said...

I have patterns in my Ravelry queue that will require steeking, but the thought of it makes me a little light-headed.

Carrie K said...

Oooh! Your first steek! It'll be awesome. It's actually kind of fun.

I'm in the Dale KAL too! Fun! I'm knitting a kit that I bought for the last Dale KAL - I hadn't realized the instructions wer so vague. I was stumped & in the middle of my busy season....and a KAL drop out.

teabird said...

Just the idea of steeking gives me the vapors.....

Marie said...

I agree with teabird, and, being Southern, I know about the vapors. You're so brave to attempt steeking.

Brigitte said...

No problem! Once you've done, you'll wonder what all the fuss was about! Just remember - if it's not 100% sticky wool - reinforce the steek edge by either sewing or crocheting an edge in place before cutting. Otherwise there will be tears.

Channon said...

You are uber-brave!! Dotty looks awesome already.

Lisa said...

As you well know, I have no idea what you are talking about. But I'm loving the word "steek" and a picture of GK always makes my visit.

Lisa said...

It was soooooo wonderful to see you at knitting circle! We have missed you and your laughter. Please come again soon :)

Lorraine said...

Bridget- There are budget yarns to make a Dale- some people have used Knitpicks Telemark with great success.

And no fear, that's why the Group is alot of fun- any questions you have will be answered, and you'll wonder why you thought it would be hard.

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