Steeking requires a very specific set of tools. Usually, that tool set requires scissors, a crochet hook, a ruler or a gauge tool, swatches, a tapestry needle here or there, and maybe a spare DPN in case of serious emergency…. The tool set that is on my floor tonight is altogether different, because the steeking is of an entirely different nature.

Truly, this is a lesson in how not to write, rather than in how not to steek.

Organizationally, one of the sections in my current research is a complete, utter, bloody mess. And by “bloody,” I don’t mean the British swear word; I mean really, actually bloody from the gallon of red ink that I’ve spilled on it. This organizational mess is not unusual. That’s just how I write. I word-vomit on my computer whenever I have an idea and then use my favorite writing tool to tag each paragraph with an outline sentence so I can reorganize from there.

The thing is, though, that I spent too much time inside each paragraph this time around, so the topic sentences didn’t fully reflect the extent of repetition in the body of the paper. Thus, a new kind of application for the scariest technique in a knitter’s repertoire: the research steek. I have reverted to kindergarten methods. My tool set tonight includes a stapler, scotch tape, my fountain pen, and a whole lot of paper.

Note that a glass of wine is still a requirement for cutting into one’s own creations, knitted or otherwise, to fend off the thought that it might not all hold together when it’s been cut apart like this. The only other tool to make the crossover from knitted-steek toolset to research-steek toolset: my fabric scissors. And let me tell you, I’d rather use those scissors to steek a cardigan made of pure silk rather than use them on my research again….

One Response to “How not to steek….”

  1. Nicole says:

    Ah! I did something like this to a paper I wrote my freshman year – I feel much more fearful about your steeking however… Yikes! That’s scary.

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