Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Good. Enough. Done. Gone. Next.

Tuesday night is knit night and - once again - I wasn't there. The plumbers arrived at 4:00 and didn't leave until 7:30 while noting that it would have been another forty-five minutes for the tank to heat up enough to wash my greasy hair. By the time I got to the group, it would have been time to go home.




Just in case, earlier in the day I did start a new project - the sock gone scarf. The sock was too big for me and felt funny on my feet and it fit my daughter and felt funny on her feet so... back in balls... to knit into something else. I have debated fingerless gloves with great intensity for several weeks going as far as tracing a shape, drafting a design, and figuring out stitch patterns and counts and in the end opted for mindless, sure thing, meditative knitting and left experimenting for the sewing section of the studio. This scarf is the same yarn and lace pattern as the sock with larger needles.




Perhaps it was a lack of skill but more likely the loss of patience due to two significant financial setbacks in less than a week. Either way, the (potentially gorgeous) blue cardigan is now at the bottom of the garbage can. I spent an hour reworking the top of the button bands so they were neat and even only to discover...




... that in spite of all the work done to stabilize, baste, and maintain the shape, the center front length had become somewhat distorted and the top of the ribbing didn't match side to side. At another time, I may have been able to resolve it. Yesterday, I lacked the energy to do anything more than pick it up, toss it in the trash, and determine to move on. Good. Enough. Done. Gone. Next. There are perhaps two lessons learned - beware of fabric quality and when you're aware of poor quality, quit immediately.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - that significant financial setbacks are easier to recover from when you already have a closet full of fabric

9 comments:

  1. I am so sorry you have had such a frustrating time. Returning to garment sewing after doing other type of fabric arts is certainly an education in and of itself. Our styles, bodies and preferences have changed. I certainly wish to remain stylish but comfort is probably even more important. Your sweater project was coming along so nicely. I do admire your ability to stop, toss and regroup. I struggle with that and would have torn it apart and fussed some more. Ahhh, the lessons we learn.

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    1. LOL - I thought I'd torn the sweater apart enough and it was time to let it die gracefully... nor not... but definitely.

      What I love about returning to fashion sewing as opposed to when I was sewing fashions before is bringing both my greater understanding of myself and an art mindset to this form as opposed to wall art. While I'm not totally thrilled to have spent two weeks on a project that didn't turn out, I'm not devastated either because I did learn things. That's a better attitude than I would have had before.

      The body changes? Yes... well... that definitely is an issue isn't it but not insurmountable. Once I figured out the vertical measurements, the horizontal issues are easier to deal with and to adjust due to weight fluctuations. All good. VBG - there has to be some challenge to keep us interested.

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  2. I'm sorry about the sweater! I hate when that happens but what are you gonna do? You try, sometimes things conspire against you, and you have to move on (as you know). I'm not so good at that. But really, 10 minutes into the next project, I forget :-)

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    1. Thanks. Exactly. Not thrilled but oh well, moving on now. I'm getting much better at moving on than I used to be. This time, the piece went in the garbage can and I'm not trying to remake it yet again into something else because the quality of the knit is not there although as I type that sentence I think I'll rescue the lace. It's a big enough piece for bra cups.

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    2. You're incorrigible! I mean, eco-friendly. :-)

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  3. What a crying shame. Your cardigan was looking beautiful.

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    1. It's still tickling. I'll be doing another version at some point.

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  4. Yes, I'm quite surprised to see this cardigan go to wadderville. It seemed to be coming along so nicely! At least you've learned a few things and can make it again more easily next time.

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    1. LOL - on another day it may have been saved. Right then, I didn't have the patience.

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