It's all in the details -
(and sometimes if you photograph something just right, the way the details look close up isn't all that bad!) - notice the beautiful raglan sleeve? the colors blending from one hank of yarn to another...
Pinning it out and blocking it to get it all even - it's a beautiful piece - it's just that it doesn't FIT. After finishing Gregg's sweater and put it on him... I already knew that things were "odd" with it - the fit was strange - it was too long - seemed too big - the collar was wacky (probably because I had sewn up the two ends different ways!) and the center part was not in the center! I was disappointed - and fruatrated - and in a fit of decision I handed it to Florence (the owner of Bishop's Yarns) and asked her to rip it out for me. I did a REALLY good job of weaving in all the ends - so it took her a while to get it started. I won't be around for most of the dirty work (I hope) and I don't feel that badly about tearing apart months and months of work - it's just that if it's not right, and doesn't fit well, what's the point of keeping it?
Here are some "farewell" photos:
I have found a different pattern to re-use this wonderful yarn - and I asked Gregg to pick a new yarn and pattern for his next sweater. He'll get one - just not this one. He's OK with it - he knows the amount of time involved in making a piece - and he knows I love it (and him) and want it to be right. SO - unravel it shall, and I will try again.
I'm OK with this - really. It's all about the process and learning and leaving behind pieces we can be proud of. (Thanks, Brenda (from Cast-On) and Terry (from Bishop's) for making me rip my heart out.