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Monster in my closet

13 Jul

Recently, I was putting away my winter scarves — it was in the 50’s until late May, don’t judge me — in my neck accessory duster bag (doesn’t everyone have one of these?). I noticed one of my neck scarves had something wrong with it — a little bit bigger hole than the rest of it. The hole was also in a spot where there wasn’t a lace pattern… SOMETHING HAD RIPPED A HOLE IN MY BEADED SCARF!!!

The damage

The damage

I couldn’t believe it, my first fear was the dread Moth (man. You can’t name a monster and not make it cooler). I quickly looked at everything else and didn’t see any other holes. So my fears were allayed until I realized, “I beaded hundreds of individual stitches and it took me four seasons of ‘Tutors’ and several hours on a train to make this.” I spent a lot of time making this Kisseis scarf with Madelinetosh lace as my first beaded project. Sigh*

A closer look at the heart break.

A closer look at the heart break.

Maybe this is what I get from yarn karma by being all cavalier about frogging. Here I was undoing a different neck scarf because I wasn’t satisfied with an end product. Now I have a hard worked, albeit rarely worn, piece of creative brilliance that will have to painstakingly be undone.

I’m really glad I have a way of hiding it in the bottom of my closet to deny what happened. But if I’m really truthful with myself, part of the reason I hardly wore it was because, I didn’t like how I modified the pattern. I wanted a wider, narrower scarf with more of the lace edge and less of the stem; but to get as many stitches as I wanted I ended up doubling the size of the “stem”. It was beautiful but not what I envisioned.

Maybe this is what the yarn karma was really doing – if I’m going to take a stance on one piece, I needed to do it for all of the so-so finishes. I really hope there aren’t more denial pieces hiding in my closest…

Owning up to my knew mindset and it’s consequences,
-Stacy C.

Sometimes, you Just Have to Start Over

19 Apr

The title is so froth with possibilities. But I’m going to focus on one (maybe two).

As you can tell, the last couple of days with my blog have been a little weird. I decided to scroll back to a basic domain and presence here to refocus what I want to share and how I want to create. I want to be more intentional.

The last year has been one full of change, experience and long to-do lists. I’m grateful for the shift in my life, it’s much needed and eye opening. Because of new life demands, this means my creative endeavors must be more focused – which I think will be a good thing. It means deciding what’s important enough to spend my time on and not just another project to keep me busy. Before, I wanted to make everything that came to my mind and share it with you. Not so much now. I still get these brain worms that won’t go away. But instead of just tackling them I think, step-back and tinker. I hope you like the new direction.

A pile of once was.

A pile of once was.

Which brings me to my first share: complete projected frogging (You know, rip the whole thing out? As in countless hours are all wound up in a big ‘ol pile?!). It’s not as horrible as it reads. Yes, from me, the one who got over perfectionist tendencies to accept a project for the beauty they are without being exact to the pattern. But have you ever been 95% done and just didn’t like the way it looked? I used to finish and be proud of the end result, which is still a good thing. But there are times I want to enjoy my projects more, not just live with it when I know I could do better. I finally did that the other day – twice.

Yep, I was making the Triangle Cowl 2.0 and was on the finishing row, 1/4 of the way done and told myself, “Nope, those 15 mistakes are gross, you can do better. Don’t just finish for finishing’s sake.” Undone it went. Then, I was tinkering with a table runner design idea. It was looking ugly and I was not gonna persevere. This was all within a couple of days of each other. And oddly enough, I wasn’t freaking out about it. Sometimes the process and refining a skill is more than upping the number of completed objects in your Ravelry project page.

 

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