Over the last couple of weeks, I been exploring new fabric and practicing knitting and purling stitches on wash clothes and coasters. Each one of the pieces here has a mistake that I have learned from as I have ventured into this new skill. I thought to share the mistakes and think about how they can be turned into opportunities. I also want to encourage other artists and art teachers to share their work in progress.
The small blue coaster pattern and the blue wash cloth comes from the book “Learning to Knit” by Leisure Arts. I washed the Sugar & Cream yarn in a linen bag before knitting with soap and fabric softener as advised by a friend. It made it more pliable. With both the coaster and the wash cloth I learned I need to watch how I am picking up and dropping stitches. One has a hole and one has a “fishtail” from accidentally adding stitches. I made both of these with Sugar & Cream blue yarn and a number 10 needle. I really like with bamboo and birchwood needles. In my opinion, they are easier to handle as I like the texture and the materials does not slide off.
From the green and multi-colored swatch I learned I have to be patient with the purl stitch. I have to watch the wash instructions more carefully. The green wash cloth is made of a washable wool and the multicolored is made from acrylic. I washed both in a linen bag on a delicate setting. I should have put them in with more delicate items than towels. Both of the pieces are distorted. I am also starting to prefer cotton and wool fabrics to the 100 % acrylics. The multicolored acrylic was very scratchy, the cotton was felt like a pair of worn jeans, and the wool blend was very soft like fur.
I will continue to explore and learn how to turn my mistakes into opportunities. Knitting is not like my other favorite hobby photography were I know how to fix the little mistakes. From what I have read so far about fixing issues you are going to have to unravel or start over. When I started with photography 20 years ago It was the same, no photoshop, just back into the darkroom to start over.