Welcome to Unfinished, my blog project for 2015! You can read all the posts here to catch up, and please feel welcome to join in at any point!
The thing I chose to finish up for August was the textbook example of an unfinished project: lots of momentum when we started, a mistake in construction that was going to be extremely time-consuming to fix, so I put it away. And by "put it away" I mean "shoved it in the garage storage closet when we lived in Louisiana so I wouldn't have to see it and think about how much time it was going to take to fix and then moved it across state lines twice before finally dealing with it."
A little background: Gracie and Bridget had a wonderful art teacher in Wyoming who taught them how to finger-knit. Finger-knitting can be done with regular yarn (here is a great tutorial) but they learned how to do it with the loop thingies that you'd use to make potholders. Maddie picked it up too, and suddenly they were all finger-knitting these long strands that didn't really have a purpose until they decided to make some super-long ones and turn them into a rug for Ellie. I would be the rug-sewer, as I didn't know how to do the knitting part (and still haven't learned).
There was no real rhyme or reason to the design—just all the long strands tied together. I used a double-strand of tatting thread to sew the strands together. Note: I have never actually... tatted? anything but it is extremely useful to have a spool of that around, as I use it for all sorts of things. Anyway. It was going along swimmingly; I sewed a bunch and then Maddie took it over to sew some, and then we had a catastrophe: my stitches were fine and her stitches were fine but handing off in the middle meant that the tension of stitch between hers and mine was not the same. And suddenly we had a bowl, not a rug. And that's when I threw it into the garage storage closet and slammed the door in disgust.
I finally decided to unravel all the stitching this month and redo it, mostly because we don't have a garage storage closet to stuff it in. This took a while, though I saved as much of the thread to reuse as I could.
It was pretty small before I got it down to a place I could restart it again.
The key this time around was to sit on the floor and press it down every so often as I sewed, vs. sitting at a table with it in my lap. This solved the buckling problem as I was able to keep the stitches at a tension that it laid flat all along, and fix it immediately if it was too tight. The other key was to listen to lots of Mike Birbiglia, because it was kind of time consuming and even though I only worked on it a little here and there, I needed something to distract me from the fact that I had already done so much of the stitching once before.
But the dog loves it, and it does look cool now that it's finished! How about you? Still playing along with the unfinished projects?
Make sure to stop back on September 7 for a new interview—it's a good one!