The Ascent

I’m sure that when Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay planned their ascent of Mt. Everest in 1953, they were well-prepared.

Steeks (1)

After all, reaching that apex is not an easy task.  It’s quite unnerving to think of what awaits you when you have finished the knitting climb.


On the day of the final climb to the top, it’s best to surround yourself with love and support and people to cheer you on.

Because the feeling of accomplishment that you will have once you reach that point is unlike any other.

Just steeked

Thanks Karen, Bezzie, Necia, Ann, Jena, Nancy, and Theresa for your support while I popped my cherry cutting my first steek yesterday.  Thanks also to Merete for the very helpful tips regarding what yarn to use to crochet the steek. (She advised a much thinner yarn than that in which the garment was knit.  I ended up using a bit of Valley Yarns tweed (about sport weight) for the crochet.)  And thanks to all of you for cheering me on!

The buttonbands/collar have been knit so the SSAC is complete.  Now to find the perfect buttons.

22 thoughts on “The Ascent”

  1. YAY for steeking for the first time!! I admit I haven’t done it. Just getting that zipper in my CPH was chore enough. But I think I might prefer to knit a sweater in the round than in pieces anyway.. Now to see it all the way through! :)

  2. OMG, I was holding my breath watching the video! I’ve tried out steeking on samples, but not on the Real Thing™ (ie, a sweater that I just spent weeks knitting). Great job! It looks awesome. WHEW!

  3. Whoa, when I first started seeing you cutting, I thought, que catajo ase esta loca? lol, I didnt realize this was part of knitting. Dang girl, you are awesome!!!

  4. it was fun, wasn’t it??? glad everything turned out. it is fun that we sit so far away from each other and gives tips. i really like that. and the sweater looks beautiful. i love the colour for you. suits you.

  5. Hee hee, I loved the way you kept slowly spreading it like something was going to attack you or something…hee hee! Way to go–and I can say I was there! ;-)

  6. Congrats! You cut that like an old pro. You knit that thing very quickly. Seems like just yesterday you were knitting the cowl/swatch. ~ksp

  7. Ya know how they say it’s liberating when you cut? You were so friggin’ calm, I felt liberated. I can’t wait to see the finished cardi, it’s already stunning. Oh yeah, and hey–It was nice to meet you in person!

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