The Half Of It

I kept coming back to these, I couldn’t tell if was it the alpaca/linen/silk or just the color that got me. Maybe it was both and the idea that these two skeins of Walk Collection Linea needed to be an oversized bulked up Driftless Scarf.

 After a few sheddy rows, yeah, I’m gonna say it was the color.

Ok, the more I get into this the more I’m appreciating the fiber blend, it’s sturdy and structured yet limp and supple, it’s has a furry halo but is slick and glossy. It’s a strange gorgeous combination 💕 ..that just so happens to be the best powdered pink ever!

Second skein joined in, but it seems kinda short at the midway point ..crap :(

As I worked away and the pretty columns kept building, I was contemplating my ability to find a 3rd skein of this colorway, could I even, should I even, how could I justify it when I had more Linea in my stash, the only hangup, it was a completely different color, but it DID have some of the same colors, I should just use it.. yes, I’ll just use it.

Now I’m trying to still love it, trying visualize the shift, hoping it will still be the mega lacy scarf of my dreams and not look too patchwork.

Mood.

Well, that’s interesting, it kind of looks grubby, in a grimy that end drug on the ground kind of way. Notice how I tried to add cohesion by adding a scummy border abound the whole dang thing  …jeesh

Feeling all the love for HALF of it 💕

All finished and I’ve had a moment to live with it. I really love the stitches, the drape, the length, and I love both colors independently,  but pieced together like this, I just don’t. I tried telling myself it works, but it doesn’t. I know I shouldn’t sweat the small stuff, but sometimes I still do and sometimes you can’t happily wear a scarf with one fancy end and one trashcan end.

1100 yards / 10″ x 107″ R.I.P

(p.s I did try and source a 3rd skein (of course you already knew that I would!) but the German indie maker of Walk Collection produces very limited small batches, so it’s almost impossible to get your hands on :(

(p.p.s I couldn’t stand it, so I literally just frogged all 1100+ yards of toothy Linea, my table (and probably lungs) are covered in fiber dust, my finger tips are sore from picking at the stuck together stitches, I’m cranky …OMFG yarn you are in timeout right now for being a total grabby f’er)

Homage to building a better bag.

When I was a kid my go to phrase was “I could do that if I really wanted to” and usually it was in reference to some incredible thing someone was doing on the t.v.

Well I still kind of have that attitude about doing most things, because it seems impossibly silly to me that only a small handful of people out of millions can do any one amazing thing, and even more ridiculously silly that a ton of us can’t do some pretty amazing everyday awesome things?  Whatever it may be, just get out of your own head and try, possibly f-up and maybe try again. Simple.

Admittedly most of  my “I could do thats” revolve around safe arts & crafts ..although I was on a taffy making binge for about a year.

Faux bag first try: I used mid-weight linen and it was a little lighter than I would’ve liked, but there were sections where I was sewing through 4+ layers with thick seams and I wasn’t super sure the little husqvarna could handle it, I could tell any thicker and I would have to use backup maneuvers to get it under the presser foot.

The size is exactly the same as my store bought bag, 8-9 Skeins full. Internal pockets mimic the original, but I did skip the trio of grommets because for me they just aren’t practical.

I kind of love the vegan leather handle, firstly because I feel like I would f-up my machine trying to stitch real leather and secondly because Lex would have hassled me about using animal.

Faux bag second try: This time I used duck cloth, good old heavy duty canvas and surprisingly only broke one needle, after which very very slow hand cranking, cringing and swears happened at every bulky intersection (I always have nightmare thoughts of needles shooting off into my eyes!)

Wide cotton twill tape replaced the pleather handle, only because I was feeling monochromatic 😍

I also swapped out the flat drawstrings for cotton cord (clothesline cord to be exact) and made the inside pockets a little deeper.

At first I wasn’t sure I even wanted to try and understand/improve on something already good, I didn’t have any issue dropping the cash for the ready made bag, but now I’m not limited by availability, color or even size, and I can drag it around and not worry about getting it scummy ..but this messy girl will not be making another white on white bag.

Sometimes it’s not about necessity or usefulness, but the feel good of doing something just because you can or want to, no matter how silly, small or simple.

On a completely random note: kinda rough, kinda romantic, kinda janky grocery store roses.

💕