I seem to have an abundance of UFO's piling up in my craft space once again. I get so disgusted with myself when this happens - but usually that disgust actually gets me moving and helps me finish up some of the unfinished items.
One of the items that is in that pile, is a Christening gown I started last year sometime. It is a fairly time consuming project, as it's crochet in size 10 Ivory thread, but when completed it will be an Heirloom quality piece, which I had intended to sell at one of my sales.
I had started on the skirt first which really is just a rectangle piece of double crochet mesh with a lovely spider motif across the bottom. I had completed more than half of this piece, and stopped for some reason, and recently I picked it up again with the aim of actually finishing the garment.
The skirt is 148 rows of pattern... I have been working on it at lunch break and noticed that the beginning and where I was working did not seem even.
Here's a hard lesson to have to learn... after working all that fine crochet for all those rows, I discovered that my tension on my second go at this piece is much tighter than when I had worked on it before - so - yeah - the one side is much shorter than the other - even though the same amount of stitches are there. Great time to discover something like this is NOT when you are about 3 rows from finishing the piece.
What to do, what to do?
I would never be happy with a piece that was not 100% perfect. Firstly I probably would never finish it, and secondly I would never display it, let alone sell it.
What did I do?
Right - I ripped it out right down to the original slip knot. WAAAAAAAAAAA! So much work, so much time wasted... but a really good lesson that I should have already learned. Don't start a project of this magnitude and then set it aside unfinished for over a year...
I realy want to make this piece - maybe I'll change it up and make it in white thread instead of ivory - will be like starting something brand new - instead of starting something, AGAIN! In the meantime, I'll move on to the next thing in that UFO pile!