Sometimes, the best thing is knowing when to give up, even if temporarily. I'm very good at that when it comes to work, for example, which is why I'm sitting here tapping away at a blog post rather than trying to make sense of sovereign immunity in the state of Florida. Basically, my head is just not in that game and I figure my discourse on Florida law will probably go a whole lot faster, and maybe even be a whole lot better, with a fresh start on Monday morning. Not that I haven't been known to slug it out with a stubborn statute well past quitting time, but Friday afternoon rarely brings out my work ethic.
With knitting projects, I'm not as good at quitting.
A while ago, I bought a fleece and spun it into yarn. It was a pleasantly springy yarn, but also one that, in spots, had a yellow tinge reminiscent of bad teeth. In a fit of wild and unjustified optimism, I decided I could fix the problem by dyeing the yarn, possibly unleashing in the process a hitherto unsuspected genius for color. The results were certainly unexpected.
Not wanting to get all judgmental on my new yarn color, I chose to believe--despite what might fairly be labelled abundant evidence to the contrary--that the true beauty of the yarn could only be appreciated in the final piece and so, rather than re-dyeing immediately, I thought I would knit the stuff up and see how things went. Also, I am somewhat resistant to admitting defeat.
The results are now in:
and I'm truly sorry that you had to see that. The only color that I like is the gila monster-like striping on the upper left sleeve (which is realistically enhanced by the --ahem-- rustic quality of the yarn), and that's really something I like only in comparison to the rest.
The cat has issued her firm opinion on the matter.
I'm truly sorry that you had to see that, too. Truth --and my cat -- can be a nasty little bugger.
The good news is that I'm almost done knitting. I just have to bind off the second sleeve and work the i-cord around the v-neck. After that, it's back to the dye bath.
It can only get better, right?