Dear Blog

Today, I cut up my knitting.

I laid in a crochet reinforcement



And then I cut that steek, that single, beautiful steek.


And then my sweater had a neckline.


And lo, it was good.

So, dear blog, all that’s left to do now is the ribbing on the neckline and a teensy bit of finishing, and then the blocking. And blog, even though I know it’ll probably be OK and the gauge swatch I made said it would be OK, and I even went ahead and l taunted Elspeth like that…

I really really really hope it fits.

Finger-crossingly yours,


  1. So brave!

  2. barefootrooster · ·

    yay! can’t wait to see more of this!

  3. You are a brave knitter. How did you celebrate, afterwards?

  4. Elizabeth · ·

    Ooh, wow! I can’t wait to see it finished! Its absolutely gorgeous.

  5. Dear gods, woman! I didn’t know that thing had a steek! The first line of your entry nearly *killed* me.

    *hyperventilating, and going to have a little lie down now* (Well, not really, since I’m on deadline for work, but seriously thinking about it!)

    Beautiful, beautiful sweater. Can’t wait to see that baby on you! 🙂 (I’m still plugging away at the body of my First Sweater, and hoping I have enough yarn. Not like I couldn’t get more — it’s nothing special — but just wondering.)

  6. That looks so easy but I still don’t think I will be brave enough to do it. Can’t wait to see it all done.

  7. I can’t wait to see this finished! I hope it fits too. Your yarn is on it’s way.

  8. Rebecca · ·

    woot!!!! you rock!!! now, take a deep breath and try that puppy on!!!

  9. I can’t wait to see the completed sweater. So far I must say it’s simply gorgeous!

  10. Oh you are sooo brave. It looks beautiful!!

  11. Ditto: brave and beautiful!

  12. Steeking=magic! Seeing it happen never gets old – thanks for sharing!

  13. Love love love! Totally agree it’s magic. I know there must be a trick, but I just can’t see it so I’ll just content myself with blind amazement. 😉

  14. Hurray! but I bet you didn’t need the crochet. Shetland is pretty sticky wool and knitting doesn’t want to unwind horizontally, it runs vertically. The picked up stiches will stabilize the whole thing.

    It’s looking good. I hope it fits, too.

  15. looks fantastic!! Fingers crossed on the fit, but your knits generally do fit you, so I think the knit gods are on your side….

  16. Wow – I cannot imagine ever being brave enough to try steeks, even with the crochet reinforcement! You rock! And the sweater is pretty great, too 🙂 Can’t wait to see the finished piece on you – and I’m sure it will fit!

  17. I swear, Glenna, I bow down to you, Majesty of Knitting!

    Seriously, you are so brave and feisty with your knitting; I couldn’t possibly take on what you do knitwise. The (gulp) ‘crochet reinforcement’, and then the steeking… and then (grrrr) your nails!

  18. Regardless of my feelings about getting trounced in such a public arena, I know it will fit and be beautiful. 🙂

  19. Eeeek! You are so brave! I am sending good-fitting vibes to you.

  20. This is very reassuring, as I expect to be cutting my own knitting for the first time with a day or two. Glad to hear you lived to tell the tale once again.

  21. whew, i would be way too nervous to do that.

    good job!!

  22. A hearty BRAVO from me! I was holding my breath with all your other friends and followers!!!

  23. I’ve been waiting for these posts for a while! The sweater looks beautiful. I’m looking forward to seeing the finishing shots…and wish I had some time to knit one myself!

  24. What a totally gorgeous sweater.

  25. Gorgeous! Can’t wait to see the finished sweater. Please hurry!

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