Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Tonight's failure/lesson learned

Okay I can't call it an absolute failure. But what was in my head didn't come out properly. And that irks me to no end. Today's lessons:

1. If you have a hot FO (such as Green Irish Tweed), do not try to (A) swirl into it or (B) put very thin stripes in it... as those stripes will heat/thicken up and make you cry when it's time to swirl them.

2. If you drip a bit of soap outside your swirling area, do not attempt to make the rest of the batch match... cut out that piece and discard later. You know it's wrong to make more drips... so why are you doing it? STOP doing it... for the love of all things good - just STOP! Leave it alooone!

I'm going to try this one again as soon as I get some more Green Irish Tweed. And modify the design slightly (but still do spirals). I think it'll work... I hope it'll work.

Looks okay from a distance (I was going for a fade so I used 5 colours... 9 stripes in all... so no wonder everything set up - I was taking FOREVER!). The bottom is yellow/gold mica and is a lot more sparkly in the light.

But close-up, you can see where it got crappy... I maybe have 2 good spirals in the whole thing:

I'm kind of wincing at the fact that I'm posting these for the world to see, but I promised myself that I'd post the good, the mean, and the just plain fugly so that I can use this blog to remember what I've learned along the way. *sigh*


Anonymous said...

I think it looks great. What's the scent?

Mary said...

Thanks :) It's Green Irish Tweed type - a gender-neutral, fresh with some light wood... it's hard to describe! It just really makes me think "Celtic" so I went with the spiral and faded green for that reason.

Joanna Schmidt said...

I think it looks really nice. But then, I am not the perfectionist you are... ;)

Try not to be so hard on yourself and look at the beauty of it. Not just whatever un-beauty you see, because you may be the only one who sees it. (In this case, I think so).

Joanna Schmidt said...

I looked again I love it.