I’m enjoying the posts from Make & Meaning, a relatively new blog whose contributors are out to “celebrate all the ways making enhances our lives, and all the things it causes us think about.” It rounds out the project-and-tutorial based blogs I read. Last week’s post about the wisdom of mistakes ended with the following quote and call to action:
“Creative people make a mess, clean it up and make another mess. There are no mistakes in art only happy little accidents.” ~Timothy Leonard. So drag out one of your failures (come on, I know you’ve got at least one lurking!) and challenge yourself to see it with fresh enquiring eyes.
Lurking failure, huh? Yup – every knitter has a few of those. Like this black wool hat whose yarn was too thick for the pattern and needle size, resulting in a stiff, heavy, and subsequently itchy piece of winter wear. It’s been sitting at the bottom of my hat/scarf bin ever since I made it a few years ago.
I frogged the whole thing, wound the yarn on my knitting noddy, gave it a bath, and hung it to dry (with a jar of change tied to the bottom to stretch it straight). I experimented with a few different needle sizes and settled on sz. 8, then set out to make another copy of my favorite red hat.
Only I messed up again. The hat was too loose. My coworker walked in just as I was about to frog it all again…
T: “Katie, what are you doing?!”
K: “This hat’s too loose. I have to rip it out and start again.”
T: “Noooo!! You just made it! Don’t rip it out. Let me take it home to D___. I think it will fit him.”
(Why does everyone always try to stop me from ripping out my knitting? Read has to leave the room when I do it.) I made her promise to be truthful about how well the hat fit D__, because I have NO PROBLEM just frogging and re-doing. She came in the next morning saying that he tried it, it fit, and he liked it. So the twice-failed hat became a success by way of finding a new head to fit. Plus it serves as a gift to the person who’s designing our wedding invitations. I suppose that’s solution enough for me.
What projects do you have lurking in the bottom of your bins?