Sunday, June 14, 2015

Embracing The Whole Process

With everything there is a process and there is no exception with our knitting and crochet. Some of the process we will love and a few of the other pieces of the process we don't. The parts of the process that I don't like are yarn ends and seaming. That wonderful task that puts a finishing touch to our project, those pesky strands of unused fluff that gets in our way as they hang down in mid air as unused yarn, those openings that you keep staring at as if they could sew themselves shut - they don't. I have UFO's that only need those finishing touches and yet they sit and wait until that day comes that I say I'm in the mood to finish. As you see my finished projects through my flickr you notice I love working with color but changing colors mean more yarn ends - yuck! I always fight with that process knitter and crocheter inside me. Meaning let me enjoy my knitting and crochet then move onto the next project. Oh, but wait, they are not finished. NO - because I love the process of just making those stitch patterns.

There was a couple of times that I loved yarn ends and that was when the designer incorporated them into the design as fringe. That method was used in a couple of crochet projects I did. No yarn ends to weave in and I was a happy camper - yah!

But if there is anything that I can encourage you to do is once you see that you have things flowing as they should, start weaving in those yarn ends. With almost every project there will be yarn ends whether it be one, two or 50. But if you can get a handle on them it won't look like the picture below with all that extra work to do before you can say, 'My project is complete'.

When it comes to seaming your pieces together, it could help if you are not familiar with seaming to take that extra step and do a sample of two squares in either the garter stitch or stockentte stitch and practice before you do your main project. Not only will it benefit you to be better at it, but you will potentially avoid continuously taking your seam apart because you are dissatisfied with it.

Below is a picture of a dog I crocheted. I love him with his several colors that was called for in the pattern. I loved it also because he is made using my scrap yarns. But I can't even tell you how long it has taken for me to finish him because I avoided sewing him together and then I didn't know how to do the kind of face I wanted and how do I sew on the head to finish him. Too much thinking - LOL. Well, thanks to one of my girlfriend that loves needle felting she finished the face by doing some great eyes that I love. And then he sat headless waiting for me to put on the head. My friend would say she would put on the head and I kept saying that no I would do it because I like finishing my own projects. But it never happened. So guess what? I got tired of seeing that cute headless dog and she sewed on the head. He is finally complete and now all he needs is a name. Any suggestions?

Embrace the whole process to the end so that you can enjoy using or giving as a gift your completed project.

Enjoy what you love and learning something new in the process.

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