Well, I finally got up the nerve to cut the steeks in my Aran cabled vest. And you know what?
Cutting your knitting is the coolest thing evah!
Here's what it looked like before:
With a close-up of the first (and smallest) of the 4 steeks that I cut:
And, of course, the obligatory in-the-bathroom-under-awful-fluorescent-lighting shot:
I've just finished picking up 112 stitches around one armhole to finish it off with a few rounds of 1/1 ribbing. I'm so close to the end I can taste it! I'm especially happy that this thing actually fits. I gave myself a slight bit of heart failure today as I read other people's notes on rav about how this vest knits up waaaaay large. How had I missed this the first time around?? But, since I had no way to try the darn thing on without cutting it first, I just took a deep breath (OK, I took a few hours' worth of deep breaths), broke out the snips and had at it. And it worked! Unless I wake up tomorrow morning and find the entire thing has spontaneously combusted overnight, I've actually successfully cut my first real steeks!