Happy Valentine's Day to you!
I am celebrating today in a special way--I have no more UFOs (unfinished objects) to speak of!!! That alone calls for a DANCE!
I don't know about you, but UFOs had become a part of my nature. Never mind the reason why I didn't finish the project in the first place,what truly matters is the weight unfinished projects have carried in my mind. Even though I would surge ahead with the next thing, the nagging of the "left behind" items would linger with me. And beyond that (go with me for a moment), isn't it better to finish?
Isn't it better to learn the technique I was running away from? Or embrace errors I made along the way, like not choosing the right fabric for my pattern? How about just knowing when it is time to let go and move on?
This year I am working on FINISHING. It can be a quick finish, a slow finish, an easy finish, or an UGLY finish. The bottom line is, I want to finish. I deserve to see my garments through, until the very end.
For example, as a runner, I have experienced runs where I hit a wall and my feet would not move. It is then that my will and perseverance would come into play. I had to push when everything in me was telling me I couldn't. I had to tell myself that I had the strength to push through, one leg at a time. Left foot, right foot, push, push, push. Why push? To finish. To finish the race I started well--even if that meant crawling across the finish line.
Keep this in mind as I show you my latest completed project, the Love Notions Canyon Cardigan:
This cardigan was a long time in the making! I believe I started it last year in October or so. I got everything finished except the hem and neckband. In fact, it was looking pretty good! But, to me, the end results are just ok. I like the pattern, but there are a few things I would do differently the next time. Here are the details:
Fabric: Rayon/Lycra Jersey. In hindsight, it has too much flowiness. I chose it for this reason, but realize that the drape and flow is excessive and unforgiving. Also, my fabric was NOT a pleasure to work with. It is very stretchy, but the recovery is not as good.
Size: Medium. Again, in hindsight, I would probably look at increasing the size.
Instructions: I must say, the instructions for the cardigan were phenomenal! I was able to work my way through it with no questions. This is the way I like to work!! I definitely recommend this pattern for all levels of sewers.
Features I like: I LOVE the little pleat feature on the back. I also think the waterfall part on the front is adorable, and the way the neckline is sewn on makes it fit perfectly.
For now, I have decided on two things:
- This isn't my best version for this pattern, so I will revisit this one again in the future-maybe even for late Spring. I will use a heavier weight knit that is a little more stable, and probably do a full sleeve instead.
- I will keep this version to wear around the house. I tend to get cold, so this will be a perfect cardigan to put in my rotation.
Overall...yes, this one is not what I hoped, but it is FINISHED! And not only that, I gained such appreciation and knowledge as I worked through it. I guarantee you, the next version will have me a little more prepared, and a lot more aware.
And that, my friends, is what I LOVE!!!
Have a wonderful Valentine's Day, and stay sew filled!