#MakersWednesday: Sometimes it just doesn’t work out

Posted By on Dec 31, 2014 in Creative Business


Happy #MakersWednesday, creative people!

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This week I’m sharing a project that just didn’t quite work out the way I planned. I had wanted to make a shawl for my step-mother for Christmas this year, because I thought it would be a fun and thoughtful gift. I didn’t have a lot of time, though, as I basically left this idea to the last minute. I had some pretty leftover yarns from a sweater I made earlier in the year, so I thought I’d use them to make a nice, cozy, bulky-weight shawl. I knew it wouldn’t be a huge shawl, but more the type to wrap around your neck like a scarf.

I chose Common Bean for my pattern, and I cast on.

The project went by reasonably quickly and I even got it blocked before the day my step-mother arrived for a pre-Christmas visit (the plan was to wrap it and give it to her to take home that weekend). See? Here’s proof:

Common Bean

But once I picked it up and tried it on, I realized it was a bit small. It might work for ME, because I’m accustomed to tying a shawl around my neck (and in fact I do that as a regular part of my fall/winter wardrobe). But as a gift for someone else, it feel (literally) short.

Luckily for me, I had a backup plan to give my stepmother a shawlette I’d made earlier in the year, in case this one didn’t work out. So that’s what I did, and she liked it very much (and that one was actually large enough to wrap around and wear). As for this little Common Bean, it’s probably going to just stay with me, and that’s okay, too.

Makers gonna make, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out. And that’s just part of the process!

What have YOU been working on this week? Share it and tag it with #MakersWednesday!

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