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Monday, 21 May 2012

When Things Go Wrong

What do you do when things don't turn out quite as you'd planned?  Do you hide them away in a cupboard, right at the very back?  Do you put them in a box under the bed hoping things will improve in a few weeks time?  Do you just have done with it and put them in the bin?  Or do you show your mistakes to the world saying "Oh well, I tried. Next time I'll just have to try harder"?

Remember these?

which dyed this merino fleece:

which was then spun and plied with a strand of thread loaded with little beads.

Not looking too bad so far?

OK, so why didn't I realise that when the skein was washed the wool would shrink and the thread wouldn't?  Hhmmm?

It didn't look any better wound into a ball :

So next I tried knitting with it.

Well that tidied things up a bit, but the thread is still visible.

So, what to do with it?  I suppose it could go into the back of the cupboard so I can forget about it for a while.  There's no point in putting it under the bed to "improve" because I don't think there's any chance of that.  I can't bring myself to throw it in the bin, so that just leaves one option . . . live with it!  Maybe I'll use it as an add-in for a cardigan or sweater.  If it's not the whole garment maybe it won't be quite so noticeable.

The one point that is obvious in this case is "Next time try harder!!!"  Oh, and do your homework first!


  1. Send it to a very patient Big Sis to unpick the thread and beads!

  2. Wish I could, Big Sis, but it won't unravel - it's now an intrinsic part of the yarn. You'd end up with a heck of a mess if you tried.

  3. Did you feel that? Part of my heart just went out to you.

  4. Oh, don't worry about me - this was very much tongue-in-cheek! I didn't get this quite right, but it's not the end of my world. I'll survive! And anyway, there's so much more fibre to spin, and so many more fleeces to sample. Just wish I had more time.