Projects lose their magic. Whether it is you that lost steam or it isn’t coming together the way you wanted it is hard to let go. I have been scrutinizing projects that have been languishing to determine if the magic lives, or if I should just move on.
Finding the Magic
I often say it is all about the yarn. If yarn is where the magic resides, when I return it to yarn and do a little rethinking, the magic will return and I can knit fabulous other things.
I have just unwound a nearly finished cardigan body. Never felt it, and I gave it a second try, and now I’m ready to move on! The yarn is in a bath. MSC from LLYarn Co
Next up I have a cowl, that I’m not sure why started it, and there is nothing wrong with it, but I don’t need it. It will be quick to undo! Dottie from Anzula Luxury Fibers
Third on the list is a project I can’t even remember the details of. Love the yarn, but I’d rather start over than try to figure out where I intended to go with it. 100g to rewind. Luster from Anzula Luxury Fibers
Then I have some half-size samples that I misjudged the sleeve width, so I’ll undo those and reknit them a bit wider. Then the samples can be finished!
Making Difficult Calls
Next up I’m staring at samples that just didn’t turn out the way I wanted them. No blame. My only hesitation at this point is that I paid for the knitting so it feels like an expensive mistake. But they will languish because I don’t love them. It is a hard call, but I’m not feeling them enough to finish them. The answer lies in that.
There are three of those unhappy samples I can see from where I sit. Just saying that takes a lot of pressure off my thinking. I will take them back to magical yarn.
Those are all projects that I basically love, so I’ll have them reknit, or do it myself. Guess I don’t have to worry about ever being bored.
As I’ve unspooled projects, and looked at all the projects I have going on, I have solved lots of stuff rattling around in my brain and it has allowed me to do some serious clearing in my office as I pare down what I want to work on.
Jamie learned why I treasure Dusty’s Vintage Buttons when we were at h+h americas. Michele doesn’t sell except at shows. Sob! She has a conflict next May so won’t be at h+h. She is halfway through 2023, but here are remaining shows where you might find her.
- Southern Comfort Fiber Market, Charlotte, NC
- Wisconsin Sheep & Wool, Jefferson, WI
- Dallas Fort Worth Fiber Festival*, Irving, TX
- Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival, Berryville, VA
- Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Fredicksburg, VA
- New York Sheep & Wool, Rhinebeck, NY
- Southern Animal Fiber Fair, Fletcher, NC
- International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX