The time had come. If I were to have any chance to finish the Frost Tapestry set by the end of Malabrigo March—which wraps up on Wednesday—I would have to commence with the steeking.
I used Eunny Jang’s tutorial for a crocheted steek, which provides nice, clear, illustrated directions. Have I mentioned I don’t crochet? I mean, I did when I was, like, five years old. But now, my hands just feel clumsy with a hook. So, there was more than a little learning curve here.
I decided to attmpt the steek at my SnB for the moral support, and they were fantastic. I used a US F hook and some gray Paton’s Classic Merino from the stash for the crochet. In hindsight, I probably should have used a less-bulky yarn for the steek, but oh well. This was my first times and was a total learning experience.
So, my clumsy hands crocheted the steek. They’re lumpy, bumpy and uneven, but they get the job done.
Another deep breath. Time for the scissors.
I used my small set of sewing scissors, and they were a good choice: little tips on sharp blades, perfect for delicate snip, snip, snipping.
Then I went at it…
…and proceeded to cut…
…my beautiful Malabrigo fair isle knitting…
…right down the middle.
What a rush!
And there it is! Everything held together perfectly! Steeking accomplished!
Now all that’s left is to knit on the button bands, block it and sew on the pretty silver buttons Allison found during our shenanigans at JoAnn’s yesterday.
I also finished the main knitting on the first matching mitten…
…and just have to put in the thumb.
Can I finish the whole set by Wednesday?
Maybe, now that the scariest part is over!