Friday, July 7, 2017

Progress in Reverse

  If you read my last post, then you saw my impulse buy of a (yummy) new yarn. Now, here's the story of the project that caused the shopping trip:

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  It's a panel blanket. I'm using the seamless join method to attach the panels together, and it was going really fast... Really, really fast after a sleepless night spent joining the pieces. But there I was at 3 a.m. with two panels left to go, and I reached the end of my yarn:

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  For the panels, I used a mix of yarns from my stash. The white might be Red Heart Super Saver, but... The more I work with the yarn leftover from making the Eye of the Emerald set, the more I'm sure it's Caron One Pound. The other two yarns are definitely Red Heart Super Saver - One is scrap left from making the Josephina Elephant rug; the other is a whole Jumbo skein bought for a project, but never used.

  And also a leftover from making the elephant rug, almost an entire skein of Red Heart Super Saver in black. It was still so full that I was fighting to pull the tail out when I began. And I weighed it, too: This 7 oz. ball was only missing half an ounce. I was sure that there would be enough to join all the panels!

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  I really like the look of the joining seam I'm making, but it's eating more yarn than the stitch used for the panels. I thought about ripping it back and changing to a lighter stitch, but I didn't want to chance running out again anyway. I like the seam, and I don't want to change it! So, I went yarn shopping...

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  I went yarn shopping to discover that the local Michaels doesn't carry Red Heart Super Saver. UGH! The only other nearby option for getting yarn right now: Wal-mart... NOOOOO! I don't know the reason why in this town, Wal-mart on a Wednesday is a freaking madhouse. It's not much better any other day, but there's no way I'm going there on a Wednesday if I can help it. Since I'm pretty sure I'm already using it in the project anyway, I picked up a skein of Caron One Pound just in case:

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  And wouldn't you know it... Red Heart Super Saver isn't available at the local Wal-mart, either. I'm not sure if somebody just buys it all up, or if the store never stocks it. All I know is that every time I go to buy it, they have empty shelves. So, I'm glad I picked up that skein of One Pound... But now, to progress in reverse:

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  It may seem like undoing to you, but I know I can rip this project out and have it back together before an online order will get here. So in my mind, waiting for a shipment of yarn is anti-progress, and ripping it out is moving forward.

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  After deciding to re-roll the entire skein as a center-pull ball on my fingers, I'm glad to be a heavy metal fan with devil-horn experience. Ouch, that was a lot of yarn to roll that way... And I wasn't even done yet:

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  Soon enough, I had the last of the Super Saver unraveled from the project. I briefly considered redesigning the seam stitch again, but no, I'm keeping it as-is. With that skein of One-Pound, I'll end up having leftovers when I'm done. I like the texture of the fuller stitches combined with the seamless join. It gives the seam a cabled look, and it was working to beef up this somewhat delicate design that's intended for a boy.
 
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  I find it funny that this project forced me to go buy One Pound in black. I just finished the Big Huge Afghan for my dad, which used up the One Pound skeins that were supposed to be for my coffee-themed blanket... But the taupe never fit in with the coffee theme, and I planned to try again with black once the yarn-shopping-ban was lifted... And since the ban never really was lifted (though I've broke the rules a few times), I decided to create the afghan for Dad and make some room in my stash.

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  Now with a new WIP using up more scraps, I'm forced to go buy the yarn that I was waiting to purchase for another project. Ironic? Yes, but I'm taking it as a sign. Work never progressed on the things I was waiting for, but more-spontaneous ideas have started flying off my hook. I found myself once again enjoying finished projects instead of feeling like a failure for the ones that didn't move forward.

  Sometimes when things aren't working, you just have to progress in reverse. Abandon the idea that is holding you back, or at least put it away for another time... Work on something else that gives you a challenge of a different kind... Such as how my latest work in progress is like putting together a puzzle by using up scraps. It's not a plan; just an idea to follow. There's times I like plans. There's other times I'll rip back an entire skein just so I don't have to wait for a shipment of yarn. Do what you have to do to keep the "happy" in...

Happy Crocheting!

6 comments:

  1. I know what you mean! I often have to change my plans because I don't have the right yarn, because I always work with stash/scraps. I have so much yarn, inhereted from my mother that I have to use that up before buying more yarn. I just don't have enough space for more yarn ;-) And most of the times I don't feel like shopping or waiting for an order, just like you :-)
    I do like the join you've chosen and the black goes surprisingly well with the softer colours you used.
    Will make a terrific boy blanket!
    Have a happy (crochet)weekend,
    Sigrid

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    1. Sigrid, thank you for understanding! Whenever I start ripping out this much work, the husband always looks at me as if I've lost my mind. ;)
      I'm glad you like the black... I wasn't sure about using it, but couldn't find another matching yarn in the stash. The boy is not a baby, and I think it's working well to make a "big boy" blanket that can grow with him.
      Enjoy your weekend!

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  2. I know what you mean also. I'm trying knitting, and I rip back and try bigger needles and see how the bulky yarn stitches up. Happy is the keyword, and frustrating work is no fun. Working with dark yarn is hard for me to see what I'm doing, so I'm the variegated medium to light color stitcher. Have a super weekend, it's hot in Missouri, so staying inside!

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    1. Kudos to you for picking up the needles! I try to re-learn once in a while, but I find that I no longer enjoy it and I've just about given up. Maybe I should also try bigger needles and bulky yarn... Maybe... Sometime. ;)
      It's hot in Florida too, so I'm trying to beat the heat every chance I get. Hope you have a great weekend as well!

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  3. Guess we've all been there already... It's a tough decision though, but sometimes it's the only available option to save the complete project.
    Running out of yarn always is a nightmare. Worse when the yarn is not newly bought and one will never ever get the same lot-nr. and it might show in the finished project.
    In this case ripping and starting over again really is the better choice (no matter the incredible looks of the hubby)!
    Have a lovely Sunday,
    Marjan

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    1. I ripped back an entire shawl once because I didn't like how the color was pooling - I don't care if he looks at me like I'm nuts! If I do what I feel like I should, then it usually works out.
      Sort of like how I went to Walmart this evening to discover they had re-stocked the Super Saver yarn. So I guess I could have waited a few days to buy more... But I already finished the blanket last night. ;)
      I hope you have a great week!
      PS - I had a bad experience with an online order and a discontinued color. That story ends with a yarn that never became anything because I don't have enough of it. Now I'm trying to push old yarns out of the stash and replace my stock with no-dye-lot yarns.

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