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first timer & more notes on the sweater

May 4, 2007

I’m sockapaloozing! This will be my first ever swap, and I’m pretty darn excited! I contacted my pal and almost revealed myself disastrously because I can be a real ninny.

Speaking of ninny, I finished up a secret little knitting project I’ve been working on for a while. I was so excited to get it in the mail that I wrapped it all up in a box and took not one single picture of the thing. NOT ONE! What kind of a blogger am I anyway?

Here’s a picture that you might want to see. It was taken around 7:30pm on April 28, just before I sat down to cut up my sweater (I should have been putting Jerry to bed). I was using my Kenmore Ultra Stitch 12, sewing two reinforcing lines of short stitches down either side of where I intented to stitch.

Kenmore Ultra Stitch 12

My machine must be more than 30 years old (older than me!), and it’s sure starting to give me the business. The shuttle cover has popped off on one side, though I can rig it to stay on, and the support leg on the extension table is totally broken. By the way, the only way I know the names of those parts is because I’m looking them up in the owner’s manual. Otherwise I would have called them “the thingy that flips up to cover the bobbin” and “the thingy that makes a real nice surface for sewing.”

Reinforcing the Steek

I was confused before I cut the steeks about whether or not I should sew the hems before cutting or after. What I ended up doing was sewing down most of the hem and leaving a few inches on either side of the steek unhemmed so I could cut through just one layer of knitting. That way, the unruly and curly hem was mostly tame.

Just before steeking.

Was this the right thing to do? I have no idea but it worked – my sweater hasn’t revolted and disintegrated into a million pieces yet.

Oh, and the good news is the weather – high of 59 and rainy. I’m totally wearing my sweater today.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. May 4, 2007 10:22 am

    You’re braver than I! I hope to steek something someday, but I think I’d need to call in the National (knitting) Guard to check before I could bring myself to cut it! Congrats again on this sweater!

  2. May 4, 2007 10:51 am

    I know nothing about steeks. But, I have that SAME sewing machine! It was my mom’s, but she hardly ever sews, so she gave it to me when I was just out of college and wanting to make some throw pillows (about 12 years ago). And I used it all the time till last summer, when my husband gave me my fancypants new machine for our 10th anniversary. Spoiled is never something I’d call myself, but that was first rate spoiling. I still have the US12, just in case, you know. Or maybe AJ will want to try to sew on it when she gets a little older, although I dare say using it might turn her off from sewing altogether. It’s sort of cranky.

  3. May 4, 2007 11:07 am

    I don’t know why I fear steeking so much. Maybe I should try it with a kid’s sweater first. This is my first sockapalooza too, first swap thing as well. I too am very excited!

  4. May 4, 2007 3:08 pm

    Yay for first-time sockapaloozers! i’m one, too. šŸ™‚ Thanks for posting the sewing photos of your awesome sweater. I have to try hems next time I can. One thing at a time for me, I’m afraid. Ah well.

  5. May 4, 2007 4:18 pm

    I’ve never steeked before. You ar a brave brave woman!

  6. Sandy permalink
    May 4, 2007 8:42 pm

    Can’t wait!! I imagine that ANYTHING I would recieve as a swap from your end would be well worth the postage!!!! I’ve got a very exciting idea for a pic-a-day just for a cerain knitting red-headed mother I know.

    So, then, we begin?

  7. May 5, 2007 6:47 am

    OMG – You’re SO brave. The jersey is beautiful and you’re cutting it up… I can’t wait to see it finished!

  8. Sandy permalink
    May 5, 2007 12:42 pm

    So, I had to google “sockapaloozing” since I’m a bit daft when it comes to the world of and terms for all things knitting, and there were only two matches: yours, and another from another knitter named grumperina. Just thought you’d like to know.

    I did finally find a satisfactory definition when I put in sockapalooza. Obviously.

  9. May 7, 2007 5:18 am

    wow the sweater fits you so well. the colours the style everything. and very beautiful knitting too. congratulations and do alert the postman.

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