It's finished!! Fana would have been completed much, much sooner, but I ran out of the cream yarn and had to order more (not available locally). I did take pictures of the last hurrah, though, so let's walk through steeking together, shall we?
Measuring and marking where the steek seams should be...note the purl rows on the top of the sleeve: this is the facing you use to cover up those unsightly armhole seams on the inside of the sweater.
Sewing the steek seam
Making the first cut
Both steeks cut
Sewing down the facing
Close-up of the actual shoulder
The final product!!! (I'll get a picture of Ethan wearing it one of these days...right now it's just too hot for him to cooperate)
The only modification I made to the pattern was the collar. It calls for a fairly wide, double-thickness collar and we just don't need that here in TN, so I just made a regular crew neck. Perhaps not true to the Norwegian spirit, but a little more practical for the actual wearing of the sweater, I think.
All in all, this was very fun to knit and the steeking was really not that big of a deal once I was actually doing it. So if you're looking for a first Fair Isle sweater project, check out Dale of Norway's Fana!