Instead of starting a new project, I added three more rounds to the afghan I have been crocheting. I'm not very good with my tension, so the sides are getting a bit wonky. It takes much stretching and prodding to get it to almost lie flat. At this point, I am going to add some more black for an edging and call it big enough.
I ran into a slight problem with the scarf I have been knitting. There was a knot tie during manufacturing. Unfortunately it interrupted a long colour repeat. What to do. I couldn't continue as it was tied, it would have been an abrupt colour change. Instead, I took the outside end of the ball and tied it to the cut end where i was working. That's where the slightest bit of yellow shows near the middle of the photo. In the end, it looks fine and no one will really care that the colour repeats on itself.
Second, I washed the fabric for a new blouse. I found a commercial pattern that accommodates larger bust sizes. Hopefully it sews up nicely and fits. I'm tired of buying huge sizes so they are big enough around, and then end up with oversized neck and arm openings. I haven't done much garment sewing in the past decade, so am little out of practise. It seems to take me ages to get the prep work done. I'm sure it will be worth the effort so I don't mind.
It may seem like the prep work keeps you from starting a project, but in reality, it's what keeps a project flowing along nicely. I do the same thing when cooking. I read the recipe, get out and measure all the ingredients. I line them up on the counter in the order the recipe calls for them and then I am ready to cook. It's so much easier when everything is prepared ahead of time; no last minute missing ingredients. It works the same way with needlework. Once I get everything ready, then I can enjoy the stitching. There are some projects that I dive into and sort out the bits and pieces as I go, but they are the exception.
Do you plan and prep or do you dive right in???
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