Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Some success, a momentary happiness and a new beginning
I was thrilled, I was prepared and I pushed myself to do my best, but alas! my best was not enough. And the truth bites. While it hurts, it really can work its way to benefit the craft too because now I am left with a feeling that I should be able to do better and I will need to prove that to me and that means more knitting.
It all started with an idea: baby cardigan with some crochet, combining some traditional features from the old Finnish sweater. (I discovered the joy of wee wools couple of years ago: new, lovely fingering weight wools and small gauge, colors I would not wear myself, details that would not suit my own clothing and the projects would not take forever and these small cardigans could act as swatches, laboratories for various techniques.)
I had a hard time finishing this little knit because I grew aware of the mishaps along the way but I really wanted to finish, not to have my bitter cup full, but to see the whole project through to be able to learn. There were many moments when I had to put it down, go walk the dogs, come back and pick it up the again. I am really happy I did that, because all in all it is a cute little cardigan and it taught me a lot and quitting it would not have taught me all that I know now.
The success is that I pushed to the end and that made me happy for a bit. The new beginning is the part where I am starting all over again. While making this little Dancing Girls cardigan, my mind has been working on a new design, same elements, new motif, my own this time. And this time I am going to pay attention to seams and picking up stitches neatly. It really is very inspiring, the ability to start over and always thrive for the better. Isn't that really the best part?
Wool with you,
(The buttons are missing at this point. Have not found any good ones yet.)