Have you ever wanted something really bad and then, when you got it, all you could do was just sit there and grin?
That’s how I feel about this pair of scarves. I’m not grinning because they’re special; I’m grinning because they are done!
This project has been on my loom, mocking me, since BGG (before Gigi). That’s six long months.
It was begun in summer, languished through a glorious autumn, waited patiently as winter approached and a New Year arrived.
And, finally, the project is finished.
Why do some projects stall?
But I can’t blame it all on them.
Mostly it was that the work wasn’t meeting my expectations.
Projects like this one make me keenly aware of how little I know. And I hate not knowing. With weaving, I find it so difficult to predict how colors will interact, how the weft threads will subdue or enhance the warp.
In this case, the warp was gorgeous and nothing I put in as weft maintained that glow.
The pattern didn’t work out as I thought it would. It’s an undulating twill and the weaving kept shifting and gapping. “Ugly” is the word that comes to mind.
To solve this, I had to take a new approach that involved using two shuttles, something I hadn’t done before and found very difficult to get comfortable with.
My loom had to be moved to a room with a door (Gigi, I’m looking at you) and I don’t like being shut away while I’m weaving, I guess.
Progress was slow and sporadic. I often filled my time doing anything but weaving. I gravitated toward projects that felt more fulfilling and fun. It was hard for me to stay motivated when, with every throw of the shuttle, I felt disappointed and fairly incompetent.
But now the scarves are finished and I’m thrilled to be done! They turned out better than I thought they would—fine, really. I like the one with the light weft color but I don’t love it. The darker one pleases me more. The intense color I liked so much in the warp is subtle, but the ghost of it is there.
I can also, now, be glad for all the project taught me. I hope I won’t make some of those mistakes again.
Mostly I’m thrilled to be done because now I can move on. I already have a new project under way—kitchen towels!
I am going to leave the pesky scarves out, in plain sight, for a while though. I want to grin at them.