Posted on February 7, 2005 at 12:05 am

I am amazed myself.
And you know what?  It’s not nearly as hard as it looks.
I was working on this today during a knitting tea at the Morrill Place Inn–site of our up-coming Mason Dixon Afghan Sewing Bee
–and my fellow knitters were fascinated with this piece of knitting of mine. 

"Why doesn’t it bunch up when you have those floats across the back?"
"Are you really going to cut it?"
"Can I watch?"

"Does it hurt?"

The surprising thing about the floats, and what I imagine will be the reason why cutting will not cause the whole thing unravel like a Rube Goldberg machine, is how the yarn takes care of itself.  It is not the softest yarn I’ve ever knit with, but it is, like Shetland, ever so slightly sticky, and that is why the floats won’t hang-up on my thumbs every time I slip an arm through the sleevs, and why Wendy says you don’t have to weave in every last little end when you slice up the center of the steek. 
Wow, Mom.  Look what I can do.
I feel very powerful right now.
I need to not let it go to my head and take on something really foolish (thanks a lot, Emma), like Latvian braids, or another Norwegian sweater.