Throwback of the Day, where I’ll post some old random picture from the past and share a story about it.
This monstrosity. It’s about 3 years old or so. I can tell by the background that my old boss was still with us, back then.
This monstrosity, we’ll call a drape scarf, because it’s too big to be an actual scarf (winters in the part of Colorado, where I live, are pretty mild), but it’s too small to be a blanket. It’s one endearing quality is that it’s perfect for holding back the chill when you work directly in front of an automatic sliding door on cold, Colorado, days.
I learned three things from putting this thing together (on the loom knitter). First, always, always, make sure you have plenty of yarn that matches. It looks like I made it from spare yarn stash, which is true, but only because I ran out of the purple and could not, for the life of me, find anything in the original store or Michael’s to finish it properly, so I had to get creative in order to finish this monstrosity, per the pattern.
Second, this thing took me weeks to finish and that was with me investing time with it every single day. This monstrosity is the reason why you will likely never see me create or craft anything bigger than a hat. I just don’t have the time nor the patience for big bulky projects.
Third, I am allergic to alpaca wool. Shortly, after starting this monstrosity, I started breaking out in hives and realized the type of yarn I was working with and there were tiny beetles living in it. Nice! But, I was not about to waste the yarn and figured the best way to get rid of it was to use it up, so I persisted and finished it. I figured once it was finished, I’d wash it and it would be fine. Nope. Every time I try to cover up with it, on my bare skin, I get hives, still, so it’s been living in the closet for almost its whole existence (except for the few days I used it to show off my crafty skills, at work, when it happened to be cold enough to drape over myself). I’m itching just thinking about it.
So, I guess you could say that this monstrosity taught me a lot. Thankfully, I have put this thing behind me and have moved on to more fulfilling pursuits. If it’s not something that I can be proud of, I won’t put myself through the trouble, anymore.