Monday, December 04, 2006

Clipping and Cosmos

Well, I made it. At 1:30 am on Saturday morning, I completed the knitting for my Deep V vest class that was going to be held at 11:00 am that day. I was doing great until I made my way home from having had dinner with Nonnahs, Nasus and K on Friday night. Somewhere between K's place and my place, I got mixed up and kinda forgot to do the neck decreases on the back after I set the steek. I almost gave up for the night, but decided I would at least get it fixed. I got myself a beer, B and I watched the Grey's we were behind on, and I tinked. I almost ripped, but B suggested maybe tinking would be "safer". He "hated for me to mess it up after all that hard work". Hee, hee. I love it when B gives me knitting advice. In this case, I took it and a couple hours later, I had tinked, re-knit and was all ready to bind off my steeks.

Here is a look at what the vest looked like just after finishing the knitting. Once the shoulder seems were done, the vest resembled a very fancy potato sack.

I have to say, we had the most intense class yet. We worked solid for the entire class period and didn't even stop for our normal lunch break. We stumbled out of the back room at 3:30 looking tired, hungry and generally beat up. But, we cut. We cut it good.

You can see my crochet stitches above in the grey yarn. This was taken about half way through cutting the neck steek. I had a mild panic attack when my cut edge looked a bit more messy and just plain weird compared to when I cut my swatch. We decided that it was really just the difference in my tension (as I was crazy tight on the swatch) and that everything was A-okay.

Our teacher brought in martini fixin's and after you cut your neck steek, he shook us up a cocktail of our choice. I promptly requested a Cosmo, which probably wasn't the best choice given the lack of lunch, but it was exactly what the doctor ordered!

He also walked us through picking up the stitches for the neck band before he sent us on our way. We are to work the rest of the steeks and bands at home. Then we will meet one final time at the Knit Salon in a couple weeks to go over all the final finishing...and hopefully get a great group picture. I have about 3 more rows left in my neck band before I bind off and you know what? I think I will actually need to buy ANOTHER ball of Scarlet yarn!

It is finally looking like a vest and I am really excited to try it on. But I wanted to get working on the neck band before I cut my arm steeks because there are just so many stitches! And didn't want to put it down and not pick it back up again because of such a daunting task. I'll share some more pictures once it's washed and all the bands are done. I can hardly wait. I just hope that it fits like it is supposed to!

9 comments:

mary said...

Wow, you are brave! You definitely earned that Cosmo. I would have needed it before cutting. I'd be interested in a class on steeks, if only there was one around. Can't wait to see the completed labor of love.

knitzalot said...

I finished my neck tonight! Onto the armbands! I am much more apt to work on simple ribbing than I am colorwork.

Mouse said...

I agree with the others.. I'd have definitely needed a drink BEFORE the steeking!

mle said...

Oh the suspense!! You're getting so close!

Kara said...

You were so brave cutting those steeks. I am in utter awe of your courage.

Melissa said...

I agree... so brave!! I might have to come to the Knitsalon to watch you gals ;)

Jennifer said...

So smart of him to bring drinks. I'm queasy just thinking of cutting that beautiful vest.

Nonnahs said...

So close to the finish line! I think your vest should be named Cosmo (as in -politan, not Kramer...:p)

Anonymous said...

Love the potato sack comment!