I’m not entirely certain how to start this post. I had every intention of blogging regularly over the last two years, but it didn’t happen. And then I was so embarrassed that it hadn’t happened that I was too afraid to start it up again. I talked with a friend this morning about fear. (Actually we covered many topics. I’ve learned that parents of small children are able to efficiently cover a sometimes alarming range of topics in a brief conversation as well as drop a topic to explain why charging head first into anything isn’t a good idea, fix lunch, and discuss playground options before picking it back up with a simple, “Oh, speaking of.”) But the one topic that stuck with me was fear. I fear many, many things, and somehow those fears and some bad experiences lead me to give up places I had staked out as mine. Now I’m trying to not let fear stop me from doing the things I love to do. And this blog was something I treasured, so I’m going to metaphorically reclaim it!
So, inadequate explanation aside, I’m here to say that I knit Ginny a sweater!
Then I measured and machine stitched it with bright safety orange thread.
And then I cut it!
(And then my sister said, “Hey, hold it open. (Dramatic pause.) Ewwww, you can see its guts!” She’s always a good one to have in tense situations.)
And then I sewed it together one sleeve at a time.
And now I can say with a voice of experience and knowledge, “Oh yes, I have done steeks! And you can, too!”
They’ve long intrigued me. I knew that conceptually it should work, and there are hundreds of years of evidence to show it works. There are plenty of knitters out there who say it works. However, the general dread of cutting your hard earned knitting keeps lots of people back from it. Let me assure you that you and, perhaps more comforting, your knitting will survive.
And now that I’ve done a child version that will all too soon be outgrown, I’m looking forward to knitting one for an adult or maybe some matchy-matchy ones for the kids. But, for now I have a bit of a crafting back log to get through. And, I’m pretty stoked to be back at documenting it.