I may be dating myself, but I grew up with wonderful life role models on television. It was the heyday of Sesame Street, Mister Rogers, Care Bears, and the bizarrely amusing PeeWee Herman. Besides sharing a certain talent for musical expression through bodily movements with the scandalous Playhouse hero, I feel an affinity to Mr. Herman's practice of selecting a Word Of The Day. Today's word of the day is "insipid." And that's simply because I can. So wish me luck.
And now for the fiber-related side of this post.
When the gift-giving season was safely past, I took the opportunity to obtain a book that had been on my list. This way, no one would feel badly for not getting it for me, right?
While I was there, I also took the opportunity to purchase a used copy of a book containing the pattern for a pair of excellent gloves I received as a birthday gift from a very generous friend.
Since the weather has made gloves a welcome accessory, I have fast decided that I need to start knitting these as well. I love my pair, and it would be great to share the love. I like Aaron's decision to switch the direction of one of the cables.
In other news, progress on the Spectra is slow but fun enough. Here we see another color beginning to show.
It's only slow because I've been obsessed with my vest. Here's a photo chronicle of my first steek ever! For a knitter, this is anything but insipid. (AAAAAH!)
Knitting in the round instead of working v-neck pieces back-and-forth was so delightfully easy.
Here's the neck steek stitches set aside like lambs for the slaughter.
Fixed, and on the rebound...
All lined up and ready to go.
For the uninitiated, steeking involves snipping the ladders of a single column of stitches. I used the crocheted method to anchor either side so the stitches do not unravel.
Post-surgery, the neck hole opens up like a treasure chest.
The steeky edges happily fold under the work, giving a foretaste of what the v-neck will look like. Woot! So exciting!
A note: Aaron corrected me about the purple yarn... he said he used more of a worsted technique when spinning the yarn, but since it was spun from a batt, it could be seen as sort-of woolen. Open mouth, insert foot.