You may have guessed by now (but maybe not) that I’m not very good at the middle of projects. I’m great at starting new things. I also get great bursts of motivation near the end. But the middle, not so much. I seemed to get bogged down with the departure of the excitement, or it becomes too big to be a travelling project. Never was there a clearer example of this than with my newly finished Menorcan Skies scarf. But here it is!
I had a sudden urge to get this finished last week. Reason 1, to get it finished so I could wear it to a certain future event (more on that later!), reason 2, it’s been getting very chilly recently, and reason 3, it’s been going on long enough and I wanted to free up space for other things. Has anyone heard of snowballing? It’s not rude I promise! Snowballing is when you pay off your smaller debts (assuming all debts are equal) first, meaning that you then have more money sooner to pay off the rest. I thought I could easily apply this to my WIPs and get my smaller or nearly finished projects done, leaving more time for the rest. It wouldn’t take me long. I was just dragging my heels. I needed a kick in the rear. Luckily, it was a small portable project, so I could force myself by making it the only thing I took out with me.
While I get bogged down with the middle bit, as soon I focus on something I’m all motivation again. I mean, I must have been excited about it in the first place right? Otherwise I wouldn’t have started it. All it takes is the focus to get the excitement back. A good tip to remember for future.
Anywhere. Here it is..
I fell in love with this yarn at Wonderwool in April. The colours are so vivid and yet soft at the same time. They blend so well and remind me of sunsets – hence the name.
This scarf consists of 3 balls of Louisa Harding Amitola in the Tiger Lily colourway. Unusually for me it’s 80% wool 20% silk, which makes it lovely and slinky. It hasn’t been without it’s problems however. It was very fibery, so any sort of frogging situation (yes there were a couple) and it all gets stuck together and a pain to pull apart. All good if you never make any mistakes though. The silk also means that I can’t take it out in the wet, which is pretty difficult here. I don’t mind though, it’s nice to have a scarf ‘for best’. A scarf for scarfs sake. A show off ‘look what I made’ item. Marvellous.
I also need to tell you the tale of the defeat. Yarn chicken. We’ve all been there. Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. Well this time I lost, and it was devastating.
Look how close I am!
As it was my first attempt at c2c, I had no real idea of how much I needed to square the thing to a finish. I had a guess.
In fairness, I wasn’t far off, but still a hideous defeat. I was determined to get it finished that day. I’d even put off all my chores for the day so I could get a win under my belt. I had to admit the setback and do my errands. When I sat back down to it I realised just how much trouble this was going to cause me. 2 hours! It took 2 whole hours to frog that tiny bit. I couldn’t believe it. I even had my concentrating face on. The one where my tongue pokes out a bit and I look deranged. Once I’d taken it back, it only took about 20 minutes to get it finished. Witness my determination at the end of a project! Frantically trying to get it done before bed time.
After this, I didn’t want to have to frog it all again because I haven’t taken it back far enough. Better safe than another 2 hours wasted. It did mean that I lost the final burst of that lovely yellow, but it’ll have to do. I’m not sure I could have taken it if I’d been short again. It’s still a joyous thing to look at.
I also had to mess about with the final ball to get the colours to follow on from each other. The first 2 joined without you even being able to notice the change. Creativity was called for for the third. The eagle eyed will notice a slight change to the pattern.
Not too much to be radical. Just enough to make it one of a kind.
The weather’s been turning. The week following the finish was all sorts of damp, but I did manage to steal 5 minutes to get outside to take some pictures.
I’ve got some blue sky in, but behind me were angry looking clouds blocking the sun. These pictures don’t do it justice. It’s that sort of colour that just stands out and wants to be touched. I’m always amazed at how they can make yarn so vivid.
I think outside picture are probably a thing of the past for this year. I’ll have to start staying in with my helper.
Much love xx