Very often, whether it’s drawing, painting, crochet or any other craft, things don’t work out as intended. I’d say more than 50% of everything I start ends up getting thrown away or unravelled without wearing or showing to anyone. I often think I should document these failures – yes, as a reminder of what works and what doesn’t, but mostly because all the failures are a really important part of the successes. There would not be any lovely paintings or hats without lots of unlovely paintings and hats pushing them into the limelight. Mistakes and bad days (or weeks..) are not just to be tolerated but are a vital part of getting to something good. Maybe my percentage will decrease over time but, if so, that could be a sign I’m not trying anything new anymore, and that would be quite sad – churning out the same, tried and tested finished pieces over and over would turn all this into a job of sorts, or a pointless time wasting exercise. I’m happy to take the failures if they mean I’m trying new and exciting things and lead to some few precious successes.
Today’s failure is a Tunisian crochet cowl. I thought I’d just freestyle it and see what the knit stitch looks like in two colours. The good news is it looks great! The fabric is squashy and thick and the colours I chose work great together:
The bad news is this stitch curls up on itself so much that you can’t even see any of the colourful side and, a third of the way through, I’m left with an ugly grey tube…
So, time to unravel it all and try again.
Note to self – Tunisian knit stitch in the round does not lay flat.