Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Indecision

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I am plagued by indecision.  Plan A was to tie this quilt, using crewel wool, because every time I have used embroidery floss, it all comes out in a few washes and I end up machine quilting the whole thing anyway. First, I tested all the various yarny-looking crewel fibers I have lying around to make sure they were wool.  I held a flame to the ends of the yarn to see if it would melt [don’t do this at home unless you are prepared to quickly and safely extinguish any accidental fires] and people?  It stank, a lot.  Burning hair.  Ugh.  The dog left the room.   I tested each unlabeled skein this way, and the acrylic ones melted, leaving a hard ball of black plastic at the end.  Wool will burn, but the blackened tip crumbles away into ash.  Anyway, once I had the actual wools all sorted out,  I started tying, and immediately I began to wonder if they looked like they were coming out already.

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I tied a few more, but the paranoia got to me, and I switched to Plan B, which was to hand quilt this monster (I know, right?) sashiko-style, using pearl cotton.

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This moved along very quickly, and I got almost a quarter of the way through the quilt in one evening, but then…I started second-guessing it. 

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Too wobbly.  Too close together.  Too…I don’t know, too quilty.  I don’t want this thing to look like an ill-constructed washboard.  I stitched a few more rows, further apart this time, to see if that made me like it any better, but then I began to worry about the wool batting and whether it would survive the laundry if I quilted too far apart.  So now, I’m thinking of going back to Plan A, and in the meantime, I’m just crocheting the striped blanket and watching Hatfields and McCoys [OMG, Bill Paxton, have you lost your mind?  Kevin Costner is trying to be nice!  And I doubt that was even your pig, so get over it.]

What to do?