Tin Can Knits’ Clayoquot has been in my Ravelry queue for years. Years. It’s the steeking. That’s the reason it landed in my queue in the first place and also the reason it’s been there for so long. I’ve been working my way up to it in my mind.
Of all the knitting mountains one can climb, Mount Steek has always seemed the most daunting to me. Stranded knitting, double knitting, lace, cables, socks . . . it’s all seemed fairly doable with proper instruction. Steeking feels different.
Strange as this may sound, when I think about steeking, I always think about my Uncle Bo. From my earliest childhood, I remember his saying he was going to die from a snake bite. He just knew it. That’s how he’d go. He thought maybe it was genetically imprinted from some long ago ancestor who’d been set upon by a bad snake. This is kind of how I feel about steeking. It’s produced a combination of dread and fascination in me for almost as long as I’ve been knitting.
Well, I’m feeling bold. As hard stuff goes, there’s no way steeking could approach the last year of my life. So, fortified with gorgeous yarn, prepared and dyed by Junebug Farms, my favorite fiber farm ever (more about this in a later post), and Tin Can Knits’ famously clear and detailed instructions, I am going for it. Wish me luck!