Sometimes a design needs to go in time out.
I’m not going to go into all of the complexities of dealing with time outs in parenting, but I’ll say that sometimes a time out is the best thing that can happen with a design or with a knitted/crocheted item. The benefit of time away can help you see more clearly that which wasn’t obvious in the depths of creation.
When I got the yarn support for my last design, I also got yarn support to pursue additional ideas. I really wanted to make a stranded hat. Having seen the yarn from Ross Farm in my Primero, I wanted to see what I could do with it as the intended yarn. I knew that, as a longwool, it would behave differently from the commercial yarns that I am used to, but I also felt like it could work well in its own way.
I was right, but it took me a bit longer than expected to figure out the right avenue for the yarn.
I finished the hat…the first hat…about the same time as the cowl I published at the end of June. The pattern for the hat was a bit more work because of the grading process, so the cowl went first. Since I was having an easier time finding time to knit rather than time to grade the pattern, I made a version of the hat in a commercial yarn. And then I didn’t know what to do. The results were very different. The gauge was very different.
And I liked the design in the commercial yarn better than in the longwool.
I’ll tell you honestly that I considered going ahead with the design as it was anyway, even though I didn’t love it. But my subconscious knew better. It kept distracting me with other projects and ideas, and I procrastinated on the pattern writing. To be honest, we were busy with summer activities, which is not conducive to sitting at the laptop…but I think I was also avoiding the process because I wasn’t passionate about it.
Then, I was asked to make a sample of my Primero in the Ross Farm yarn for Natural Stitches. That process made it pretty clear to me that the design I had completed was just not a good match for the yarn. Period. I can certainly publish the design in the commercial yarn, but the Ross Farm deserved something better.
This week I have knit up most of the sample of something better AND I have made real progress on the pattern writing. I feel better. I feel like I am serving the yarn better and doing what I should have done a month ago.
Lesson learned. If you don’t love it, try something else.