Lately, I’m all about taking stock of my life choices and goals. I posted about the studio here. Today, I would like to tell you a story about one of my failures.
As a freelancer, there is a certain kind of risk that you take on as part of any job. When I started out, there was a particularly painful job that I won’t relate the details of. Needless to say, it was a learning experience for everyone.
The result was that I ended up with several knitted garments that I certainly didn’t want, but I wasn’t happy for the client to have either. So I kept them. With loathing. Stuffed into several supermarket bags at the back of a cupboard. I might have just thrown them away, but not only do I have a stubborn streak a mile wide, the yarn was lovely. A beautiful fingering-weight merino in such quantities as to make my make-do-and-mend soul cry at the thought of just throwing it all away. So it remained. Bagged and loathed.
On a few occasions, I attempted to take action. I would rope in The Very Patient Man and begin unraveling and reskeining with abandon. After some hours, I would cry uncle and put everything back into the cupboard.
Then, some months ago, life began to change. The studio rent-increase was the kick in the bum that sent me on my way. I realised I couldn’t just keep bumbling along in the way I had been and had to take action.
So I did. And when I did, there was a large pile of yarn and garments sitting in supermarket bags, unloved and ever so slightly mocking me.
It was time to sort it out. I wanted to reappropriate the yarn and therefore the whole experience. The yarn needed a new, successful life. And that started with adding some new colours. Luckily, I happened to know this amazing indie dyer…
I started bothering Linda of Kettle Yarn Co. about a ‘fun day’ at hers dyeing my yarn. She graciously agreed to help me and when I finally organised myself and made it to her home, she was a dyeing master, turning the evidence of my past defeat to jewel hues, ready for new, beautiful, successful projects.
I’m pleased as punch with how the yarn has turned out. I can’t decide what pattern to cast on, but am looking colour-work shawls now! What are your favourite colour work patterns? I would love to hear about them in the comments:)
In other exciting news, my first collection of knitting patterns is nearly ready to be published!! We have a date and everything. Thursday 29th October I will push the six patterns of the Klee Collection out of the nest and into the world wide web. But more about that anon….