Many of our colours are 1 of a kind. Limited skeins of are produced. This is part of the magic behind hand painted skeins. When you have that skein, it is unique to you or very few others in the world. How you use it makes it even more unique. Enjoy the process knowing as many of us have discovered, not every yarn is meant to be what we think it should be. If you love the colours, you will love the project it ultimately becomes. Sometimes that is 2 or three projects down the road.
For those of you following the blog, you know that there were 5 things that needed to be completed by the end of 2020, The CoPilot Cowl, The Icelandic sweater, the fleece to spin, the blanket to weave and the painting to paint. Now the painting got a pass because it somehow slipped through the cracks of 2019 but the other 4 are targeted to finish before midnight of 2020 passes. I am pleased to say 2/4 are complete, the cowl and the sweater.
Let me tell you I am a starter! What I mean by this is in my experience as a fibre artist, I have met people, who like me love to start projects and have a heck of a time finishing. Others won’t start another project until the current project is finished and then there is the third type of person for whom neither starting or finishing is gratifying but rather the journey itself. A single project can have progress or regress and neither is of any concern. Simply the act of being in the moment with needles in hand suffices. I aspire to be in the moment with my work and although I can find that place for a brief time, invariably I return to my starter roots.
The finisher, in my experience judges completion over the struggle of undoing in a cost versus benefit analysis that can boggle the mind of any but themselves. I have a finisher friend whom I love dearly. For her, mistakes are simply pattern variations that don’t change the wear of the project and likely she is right when she decides only she will ever see them. No judgement! She is a beautiful knitter and I for one have never seen one of her pattern adjustments that hasn’t been clearly pointed out to me by her.
This week’s Blog is about what makes us reach for our pointy stick(s) and string. I am thrilled when I walk into an appointment and see another fellow fibre enthusiast working away on a project and part of what makes that happen is always being ready.