"An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail." Edwin Land
I'm sure there are many different reasons some of us let projects languish. Sometimes it's just a lack of time. Sometimes it is a loss of interest in a particular project, especially when a more exciting one comes along. But I know that with my Equinox Yoke Pullover, it was fear of failure that kept it sitting on a shelf for 3 years. Which is pretty silly when I think about it. After all, it's only knitting.
But when you learn to knit from sources which stress the importance of well-done finishing work, it can be intimidating. For example, the seaming section of The Knitter's Companion (which, by the way, is a great resource) opens with these words:
"Seaming is a very important step, second only to knitting quality, in giving a professional look to a garment. Practice these methods on knitting samples until you have flawless results to prevent stunning work from being relegated to the closet, never to see the light of day."
Well-intentioned, and good advice, I'm sure, but it still makes my shoulders tense up just reading it. How many of us have time to sit around practicing until we get "flawless results"? I feel pretty good if I talk myself into knitting a gauge swatch.
But like I said, it's only knitting. and I finally decided I would rather finish this sweater, and either be able to wear it, or to learn from my mistakes and move on. So, along with a vow to no longer let fear of failure be the thing that actually keeps a knitted item "relegated to the closet", I can show you my finished sweater:
|Woo-hoo! I'm done!|
Pattern: Equinox Yoke Pullover by Michelle Rose Orne
Source: Interweave Knits Fall 2006
Materials: RYC Cashsoft DK, and US 4 and 6 needles
Final thoughts about the sweater and yarn color details are on Ravelry
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