October 19, 2009

On finishing what you've started even if it's pretty messed up.

A couple weeks ago I was having one of those lives days and mentioned that I knitted up a dress for Ivy that I didn't like so I started over with a new yarn. Robin commented and encouraged me to finish the one I didn't like. That it might be good for me. Groan.

ivy in a knitted dress

So I did. And even though it looks kinda nice on the Internet, if you saw it in person it has many flaws, but it did turn out quite beautiful anyway.

Maybe tomorrow I'll share a photo of the "new yarn" one. I'm very proud of both.


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47 comments:

  1. that is so cute, and I'm not a perfectionist at all, I actually kinda find flaws charming - especially on things old or handmade.

    Curious - how long did it take you to knit up? I really want to learn to knit so I'm interested in how long it takes experienced knitters to finish small projects like this.

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  2. If I had UNINTERRUPTED time (what's THAT?) I could probably easily knit this in a day. It's very easy. I just worked on it here and there when I'd watch TV or wait in the car for something.

    I had taken a class a few years ago learning to make a whole sweater, so I found this to be very easy compared to that but used some of the things I learned for this pattern. If you can, I say take a class or two!

    Steph

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  3. I love it! So pretty! The color is soo cheery too.

    I'm still only at scarf level of knitting and seeing the stuff you do inspires me to keep practicing :)

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  4. It's adorable, I'm proud of you for finishing it! And Ivy? She just keeps getting more ridiculously good looking.

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  5. It's cute! You should just be proud that God gave you the gift to be able to knit. I've tried to do it a million times and I can't seem to be able to get it right.

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  6. Very cute!! Way to go on finishing it, I seem to have the problem of stopping half way through! ;p

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  7. That's adorable. So proud of you for not giving up! I still want to learn to knit.

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  8. Very cute! :) I'm inspired just by the fact that you find time for projects like that!

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  9. It's beautiful. I love it. Expecially the color!

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  10. I think it's darling...and your model is especially cute! :-)

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  11. I think this one is so pretty! I love the yellow with pink on her. But then again, I have not seen you put anything on her that doesn't look good :)

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  12. You did a great job, Steph. I throw things away that I make all of the time and then pat myself on the back for the time invested to make me better at my next project. :) Love it!

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  13. "...if you saw it in person it has many flaws, but it did turn out quite beautiful anyway."

    that's the best stuff on earth. you are always out there inspiring me. thanks for being you and congrats on finding the beauty in life.

    can't wait to see more of your projects since you are clearly a rockin' knitter.

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  14. wow, it IS beautiful!! very very sweet! i have a blanket i never finished but it stares at me every day, i think you've encouraged me to give it another go!

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  15. I think it looks great! Can you share the pattern? I'd love to try my hand at something like that! Someone told me the day before my wedding "if something goes wrong don't worry and don't react, only YOU will know, everyone else will just be happy to be at a wonderful event!" . . . don't worry about the errors, sometimes the best things in the world are the happy little mistakes!!!! imagine how boring a "perfect" life would be, blah! :-)

    ps - not sure when or where I found you, but I really enjoy reading your blog!

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  16. I've heard that you have a choice when you make a mistake to rip it out or leave it believing spirit enters a handmade object by way of an imperfection. This "mistake" is actually a pathway for spirit to enter the work. Therefore do not point out your mistakes since they are now opportunities.

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  17. It is cute! I've never tried knitting... I do a bit of crochet and some sewing, but I leave the knitting to my Grandma and my sister.

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  18. It looks lovely, imperfections are what she will love one day as she looks at this and puts it on her own daughter. :)

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  19. It's better than anything I could ever knit! And the model is what it's really about, right?

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  20. Definitely finishing what you started is good. I had so many unfinished crochet wip's that I (in a moment of stress) threw away my entire yarn stash. :( And now I'm learning to knit, and I am much happier with my results, so I'm motivated to finish what I start. I'm currently knitting a blanket for my almost here baby :)

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  21. SO beautiful! It's the handmade part that matters :) I mess up so much in knitting but you just have to keep on going and never worry about it :)

    Can't wait to see more of your knitted creations!

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  22. I love it! What a great sunshiney color for a sunshiney little girl. I love that sly smile in this picture...

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  23. love it! i'm actually just learning to knit. i enjoy having my hands occupied while my mind wanders...

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  24. I love it! Where did you get the pattern?? This is the style I want to knit for my baby girl due in Feb. I've been knitting up a storm lately for my son - just designed a pumpkin hat for him - came out so cute!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  25. I think it looks great!

    I've found that the longer I keep something, the less I see its flaws. It's the same way with home improvement. When I finish a project, all I can see are the parts I don't like. Once I've used it for a while, though, those don't seem as noticeable. I hope that you feel that way about the dress, somewhere down the line. :)

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  26. adorable. i'm impressed. and some day ivy is going to really appreciate the love you put into that dress. :)

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  27. I think it is absolutely adorable! Makes me wish for another little girl to "doll" up!!

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  28. when it comes to knitting I think we are our own worst critics. I think it looks lovely & so does the little girl wearing it!

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  29. Hey, the errors make it gorgeous!

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  30. Adoreable! The color is great.

    Don't get rid of it....she can use it for doll dress up clothes later on.

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  31. Oh my goodness me...she is just SO CUTE GIRL! And you have quite the talent. Honestly, how do you find the time. I'm so impressed with you, even if at times you're not impressed with yourself.

    Nell

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  32. Oh, looks fabulous! If you wanted perfect cookie cutter you'd buy it in a store. "flaws" make it unique and beautiful in it's own way :) Good job!

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  33. I think it's super cute and I'm really jealous that little boys can't wear such adorable things.

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  34. It, and the little girl wearing it, are adorable.

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  35. I think it looks fantastic! And what a beautiful image to share with Ivy later as you teach her about persistence and finishing things.

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  36. I'm totally impressed that you can make something so darn cute! I'm trying my first project other than a scarf or afghan square - we'll see how badly I can mangle a sock. :)

    If that's your 'messed up' version, the 'good' one has to be incredible!!

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  37. So cute. You did an AWESOME job! I LOVE that you dress Ivy in ALL dresses & leggings, she always looks so cute & adorable :)

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  38. it might not be perfect but much better than if i even dared to try LOL me and knitting are enemies!

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  39. Looks pretty adorable from here. Of course that may have something to do with the little "model" wearing it... ;-)

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  40. Looks pretty good to me. I love that sunny shade of yellow.

    You're becoming quite the seamstress.

    stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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