Some projects should remain unfinished…

Somehow I like sewing and working with fabric more than working with yarn, knitting or chrocheting. Funny thing is, I do crochet from time to time, always smaller projects and I do like it. I like to embroider, too. So maybe it is not because I don’t like it, but that I do it too occasionally to fall in love with.

All I can say is that passion hasn’t struck me yet, I hardly know how to knit and I don’t see me learning it properly in the near future.

In consequence this means that the majority of tutorials in my antique crafting (not sewing) magazines remain cryptic to me, as an estimated 95% are knitting tutorials.

To find a chrocheting project that is not toddler-sized or toddler-related is quite hard, if I recollect correctly I counted two or three projects in a whole stack of magazines. So my choice was quite limited.
in the end I went for the one I liked best, though I can’t say it intrigued me.

pattern consists only of double crochet and front post double crochet, so quite simple actually.

To make this cardigan you are asked to enlarge the pattern scheme on the top left to its original size and chrochet after this drawing so that it fits the pattern, decreasing and increasing as needed. Sounded as if I could handle that.
Because it was measured to fit a size 46 (way too large for me) I altered it quite heavily. And maybe I exagerated a little with the waist circumference and the waist-hip-ratio, you’ll see later.

In hindsight I should have foreseen that this project was doomed. First, the only wool I had enough of (I didn’t want to buy new wool for this test run) was a structured cotton-viscose-wool in white and bright green. This meant I had to make stripes because otherwise it wouldn’t suffice. A white and green striped jacket, I mean…seriously?

Second, the cover. Sorry, but this baby freaks me out (relieving it isn’t staring at me and points its gorgon-eyes at someone else). And this naked doll plunging upside down beside it, oh dear…evil.

Frauen-Fleiss (=women’s diligence), issue 7 (march), volume 1942/3

And the last hint, I felt it very early. May I quote myself, this is what I wrote about this project as early as ten months ago:

Mh, and there is this hilarious crocheted pullover, I am not sure I even want to complete.

Well, what should I say. I kept on working on it until a couple of months ago. Now in the new flat I stumbled over it and put it on my dress form.

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ummm…any questions left? Hilarious hits it, doesn’t it? Or would awkward be a better word for this?

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Is it only me who finds this bookshelf-backround distrackting? I should search for another photo-location…
Oh, but I have been searching for this cat-shaped timer for weeks. Hooray for distracting backgrounds!

Here you see what I meant with a too sharp waist-hip-ratio. First it looks odd with the ridges and second it seems to be too large at the hips, the hem is dropping quite poorly on the sides (not to mention that this is in no way a 40ies waistline).

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The shoulderseams are very (read too) narrow stretching the armhole into a very pointy shape on the shoulder and the sleeves aren’t even started off with.

So this is the biggest appearance this dissipation of (admittedly ugly) yarn has ever had and will ever get. Because I have come to the conclusion it would be the best to simply throw it away.

And to draw at least something positive from this project, I searched for better tutorials in this Frauen-Fleiss-issue to share with you.
First, a cute idea for children, a bowling game made from waste. The pins on the left are made from empty cleaning powder packages, today you could use the ones from Pringles eg. (at least here in Europe the vast majority of cleaning products is liquid and doesn’t come in cardboard tubes anymore). The pins on the lower left are made of empty thread spools. A shame these wooden spools aren’t that common anymore, they look great as pins.
What I find most interesting is how the balls are made. One is an old stocking filled with wadding or sawdust and completey covered with large buttonhole stitched to stabilize it. The other one is made by covering a little rock with wet and scrunched up newspapers. Smooth the surface and let it dry in the bright sunlight. Afterwards cover it with yarn as the drawing shows. This sounds as it could be a pretty heavy and painful ball, depending on the rock’s size and how hard you scrunch the paper.

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And the second one, handbags to fit your suit or coat, made from leftover fabric. Though I always thought the handbag doesn’t have to match the coat, but the shoes ­čśŤ

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So much for today, hope the next crocheting project will be more successful,


6 thoughts on “Some projects should remain unfinished…

  1. Oh dear, this post is right on time! I took about three hours today to rip an old crocheted sweater that I’d started making like two years ago and never finished although I was halfway through the second sleeve (!). I mean, I made the blouse part, then the first sleeve and put those together, them put them on to check the fit and… BLAH! It was too big, too heavy, the yarn I used was too stiff… I struggled to finish the other sleeve but alas, I was already disillusioned and knew deep down inside that it was never meant to be. So cheers, sister! Awful cardigan weather we’re having today, it seems.

  2. Hihi, das kenne ich gut. Ans Stricken habe ich mich auch schon lange nicht mehr gewagt, aber irgendwo zerkn├╝llt liegt bei mir ein Ensemble aus blau-silbern klein-kariertem kratzigem Synthetikstoff (sic ­čÖé in Form eines ├╝berdies hinten und vorne nicht passenden Schnittes. Nachdem ich nun seit etwa einem Jahr ├╝berlege ob ich es noch irgendwie retten kann sollte ich Deinem Beispiel folgen und einfach aufgeben es m├Âgen oder verbessern zu wollen. Die K├╝chenuhr-Katze habe ich ├╝brigens auch! Liebe Gr├╝├če ­čÖé

  3. You know, Ette, it looks very 70s hippy. So don’t despair. Crochet a binding around the edges and wear it with a long skirt and peasant blouse for a bohemian look. As for the bowling set, it’s very much like the type of thing we used to make for fun in the 60s. Now the world is flooded with cheap toys, sigh.

  4. Yes, dangerous times for cardigans, indeed. Good to hear I’m not the only one capitulating when only so little work is left.
    Though I am not sure if I am really willing to rip it, I mean, this yarn, when will I ever use it? And I cut it because of the stripes, so I don’t think this yarn is worth to be saved.
    Oh, hate it to throw things away like this…

  5. I am impressed you are knitting and crocheting. I seem to not have the knack for it. At least you tried and if you should decide to make it again, you know what your up against and how to fix it!

  6. Well, I’m not really doing all this. I am a terrible knitter and haven’t tried it for years now because my last attempts were so poor. And crocheting, well, you see what I did here, nothing to be really proud of. But as you say, every fail is a fail to learn from. ­čÖé

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