Sunday, July 27, 2008

Learning Curve

I have a lot to learn...and I am a slow learner!
This was my first batch of hand-dyed thread, so I had never tried to persuade thread to cease being a skein and become a neat manageable ball. Did I check what others had done, or look on Google or yarn websites? None of these things, I launched straight into the silky stuff and within twenty minutes I had a tangle that took me two hours to sort out! Pamela warned me that I needed at least fifty yards to complete Beatrice, but I had started already. All my friends suggested it was a pattern that needed oodles of concentration, but despite that I just keep tatting in odd five minutes at work and then making mistakes... I was in the middle of this ring when a women turned up to demand that I look at her mother's toenails, by the time I had listened to her harangueing me for ten minutes about how disgraceful it was that her mother had become incontinent, and we were doing nothing about it, it was time for the evening meal and all that entails! (It is so hot here, and definately not wheelchair pushing weather)
Having said that, this thread is extremely forgiving, and I have unpicked some (but not all) of my mistakes, and I shall get some more, and finish the doiley come hell or high water or nagging relatives, and you will all get to admire it! (yes, you will!)

7 comments:

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

It looks beautiful so far, Snowy! Your persistence will pay off. It does take a bit of concentration, but it's worth it in the end!

LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

Snowy, you sound like me. When I start something I always make things much more difficult than they need to be...and then I go back and try the easy way.

zarina said...

That what happened to my first HDT from Sherry. After that - I learned from my mistake and actually HDTing myself. Most likely I will do it in a big do.

Tattycat said...

It really is pretty Snowy. I hope you will persevere.

snowy said...

Thank you all for being so encouraging, and thank you Sherry for the thread, Diane for the inspiration, and Laura whose post yesterday persuaded me to show my bit as well.

Pamela said...

It's looking beautiful and well worth the un-tatting involved.

My fingers are tightly crossed that your thread will stretch to finish it. How I would love to be proved wrong!

TattingChic said...

Your doily is turning out beautiful despite the challenges it's giving you.