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Failed Experiment

Experimenting with design is fun, but my experiments don’t always work.  This one didn’t.  I’m not sad about that because it’s a normal part of my creative process.  I do it all the time.  One thing gets taken apart and becomes another.  And another.  And another.  Often, it takes years for an idea to come together in the right way, with many fits and starts along the way.


It’s a shawl.  A very, very big shawl.  I didn’t take a better photo of it on purpose, because when a piece isn’t working I won’t show it to other people unless I want feedback.  I’m not fixing this, so I don’t want feedback.  It wasn’t making me happy, and there wasn’t a way to alter it that was going to make me excited about wearing it.

However, there are still things I love about it.


I love the crispness of garter stitch executed in good yarn.


I love seeing an ocean of garter stitch.


I loved the original idea, which involved funky edges and also added-on elements which would have broken up the garter stitch sea.  I never got around to making the added-on pieces, because I fell out of love with the project.  But they’re still in my head; the whole thing is in my head in the way it was supposed to be.  Sometimes, it’s okay if a design stays right there where it started.

And I love this yarn, Classic Elite Stonington.  (The color doesn’t photograph well; it’s actually quite rich.)  It’s discontinued, so rather than throw this piece in a pile of unhappy, not-quite-right garments, I decided to reuse the yarn and make it into something worthy.


Let me tell you, picking out ends is a lot worse than weaving them in.  And I hate weaving them in.  But this is harder, and because I got all cute with the method of construction here, it’s damn near impossible to figure out how to take the thing apart.  I spent all of yesterday afternoon on it, picking away with a tapestry needle, poking and prodding to find ends, unweaving seams, getting frustrated.


But I’m determined, because I love the yarn.  It’s beautiful wool, still in great shape after spending a year in the guise of this crazy shawl.

There’s quite a bit more shawl dissection in my future today but I will finish and when I’m done, some of the yarn will be this and some of it will be something else, not yet determined.  I think I’ll design the second piece myself, in honor of the yarn’s noble history as a part of my ongoing creative process.  I won’t forget where it’s been, and I’m happy about where it’s going to go.


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  1. * bellamoden says:

    Taking back your knitting is definitely a very good thing!

    Posted 10 years ago
  2. * bellamoden says:

    Taking back your knitting is definitely a very good thing!

    Posted 10 years ago
  3. * deb says:

    I think it looked good as Ramen noodles!
    Most designs stay in my head – which is right where they belong!!

    Posted 10 years ago
  4. * Jeanne says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever been brave enough to rip out something that large. When I get into something that large it goes on permanent time out.

    Posted 10 years ago
  5. * Chris says:

    Good for you – isn’t it satisfying to reclaim the yarn like that??

    Posted 10 years ago
  6. * Chris says:

    Good for you – isn’t it satisfying to reclaim the yarn like that??

    Posted 10 years ago
  7. * ragan says:

    The yarn is one to love, and I hope that it becomes something that you love someday!

    Posted 10 years ago
  8. * ragan says:

    The yarn is one to love, and I hope that it becomes something that you love someday!

    Posted 10 years ago


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