Sunday, January 4, 2009

Sooner or Later

Clapotis unblocked. About 24 additional inches are hanging down the back of the chair.

Tomorrow is my blogiversary. One year already! If you meant to get around to playing 20 questions but haven't started or finished, you have until midnight tomorrow. Clapotis is finished and while intended to be a scarf, with the yarn and needles I selected to use, it has blocked out to shawl size-74 X 29 inches (188 X 74cm). This shawl is beautiful and soft. Knit with Dalegarn Sisek (about 30% wool, 30% mohair and 30% acrylic-the rest is nylon), the piece is mainly black with flecks of primary colors throughout. It's cozy too. As I've been finishing this piece, I've had it draped over me like a blanket and I can vouch for its warmth.

Clapotis-chilling out after a dip in Soak and water.

My Clapotis isn't without one or two minor flaws where I picked up a stitch (part of the pattern) and think I twisted it. I defy you to find those flaws. In keeping with my New Year's resolution to lighten up on myself, I am letting the flaws be part of the charm-instead of forcing myself to fix the damn things. Additionally, the flaws were unnoticeable until the end when the stitches were dropped. I think after all, the end should be the end. There are two and unless you go looking for them stitch by stitch, you'll not find them-besides, they're hidden in the ripples. You can let the error of my new found ways be a part of the charm for you too.

Flawed but perfect anyways. Vanilla flavored socks in Spruce Bearfoot

Also in the completed but imperfect list are the spruce socks. They are not being given away, they're for me. Amazingly, these have a couple of mistakes I refused to fix too. This is so not like me. Usually, if I can't fix a mistake, I rip it out and restart. Here, I purled some of what I should have knit doing the ribbed cuff and thus, threw the pattern off. That's what I get for knitting while watching TV and not my hands. It's not that mistakes in my knitting aren't usual, what's amazing is that I'm letting them stand. Cudos to me because only 4 days into the new year, I'm keeping a promise to myself. Please remind me of this promise in the days, weeks and months to come, when I'm sure to allow the perfectionist back in and beat myself up over something so trivial.

If you want to be warm by Friday, you need to get busy. There are a few of you who have posted correct entries and Miss Rachel will draw them AFTER her breakfast on Tuesday morning. One of you will be cloaked in warmth for the rest of winter. Send your entries to rudeek45(at)gmail(dot)com. You know to substitute the correct symbols for at and dot. Good luck.


Miss 376 said...

Don't think of them as mistakes, they're personalisations!

Rudee said...

I like that Miss. That is what they are then-personalisations ala rudee. Perfect.

Brenda said...

I used to think being perfect was what I should be, or should try to be, until a psychiatrist and a priest explained to me, it is NOT a good thing. It took the second one telling me that, until it registered in my brain. Now I try hard to NOT be perfect.
Funny I was just thinking about doing a post about my knitted sock that had to become a hat for a baby.
I have a lot to learn about knitting still.

Rudee said...

I'm glad to see I'm not the only perfectionist here Brenda. I think it's how we're raised. I'm trying to let that go. I want to hear about the sock-turned hat. It's all in the gauge-but you probably know that already. Experience is the best teacher.

Sandy said...

Well first off darn, I never found the time to play...and possibly win.

Second, you do some nice work. And good for you to let yourself off the hook and not be a perfectionist. I'm more of a slouch by nature so I don't have to work hard at letting things stand as they are.ha..

Jane said...

Two beautiful looking projects. The mistakes just make them.....unique!

Betty Flocken said...

These are beautiful! I must have missed something about an entry.. But that's ok because In AZ I don't need the scarf as much as I would in a colder state!

the rotten correspondent said...

Happy Blogoversary to you. The Blogosphere is much nicer place for you being here.

miss toasty toes