Last week, I challenged you to finish up something that has had you stuck for awhile. This got me to thinking. I have many unfinished projects, but most of them have been put down just because I’m bored with them or wanting to start something else. But there is one project that has had me baffled for a couple of years. I feel that I am a very experienced crocheter now, so I hate it when I can’t master a crochet technique. It really irks me. That is why I had put down this project. To explain my predicament, I need to start at the beginning.
We don’t have a great variety of yarn here. I get a little bit envious seeing all the different yarns that are available in America. Every now and then, one of them hits our shores. The Caron cakes are one of those. We had been seeing these balls of colour changing yarn for awhile before Lincraft brought out their own brand of them. I bought one because I was dying to try this new yarn (I probably shouldn’t say that that ball is still intact in my yarn cupboard!). Not long afterwards, Caron cakes came to Spotlight. Being the good fibre artist that I am, I had to buy one of those as well to compare the two. In my opinion, I much prefer the Caron cake. It is soft and plush whereas the Lincraft brand is a little stiffer and pricklier.
But what to make from these balls? I have three of them in three completely different colours. I googled what I could make from them and came up with a few different options. I ended up choosing the Lucky Celtic Infinity Scarf by Left in Knots (https://www.leftinknots.com/home/2017/2/24/lucky-celtic-infinity-scarf) partly because it wasn’t a shawl and partly because it was made in one of the colours I have, so I could really see how the finished product would look. I also loved the fact that the author is left handed, so I knew the pattern would suit my own left handed crocheting!
So I began. The first few rows are just hdc, so that was easy. Then you go on to the “Celtic weave” part. In theory, it is just triple crochet, so nothing too difficult, you just need to place them in the right way to get the criss crossing effect. No problem. I’m an experienced crocheter, this will be easy for me to handle. First row, done, fantastic. Next row, yup, looks right. Third row – nope, something’s gone wrong. Frog the row, start again. Nope, still wrong, frog again. Start again, nope, still wrong – where am I going wrong? On the pattern website there is a video tutorial for how to do this stitch. I hate watching videos on the internet. I much rather just read a written pattern. But the written pattern just wasn’t working for me, so I knew the only alternative was to watch the video. At the time, it wasn’t practical, so the project got shelved until I had the time to watch.
That day just never came. Last year when we went away I decided to take this project again – who knows, maybe just by having had a year or more experience wise might be enough to just pick it up and get it. Sadly, this was not the case. I did the next row and frogged it again several times and finally decided I would have to watch the video. Unfortunately the internet where we were staying was not strong enough to watch the video so the project came home again and went back in the drawer.
Forward to this week. I made up my mind that this project was no longer going to defeat me. I watched the video. It didn’t help me! So, I just went with how I thought it should work and how it looked in the picture and I finished it (and I think it looks right!). I love how it has turned out and I’m looking forward to wearing it when it isn’t a furnace here anymore! The bright, rainbow colours will be sure to brighten up a dreary Winter Day. It has curled up a lot in the making, but with a good blocking, it has flattened back out and will be awesome to wear!
So now I feel good. Not only have I finished a WIP that has been sitting for a couple of years, but I have finished one that had me completely stumped! That’s a win for January!