Wednesday, May 11


Have you ever had a project you were so excited about but when you finished it, it turned out to be a big disappointment? I've just had such an experience. For my first felted project, I made a booga bag with my own stripes of pink, blue and green and added a fun/funky yarn with coordinating colors at the top. This awesome yarn of rainbow colors is what drove me to keep knitting even when my hands hurt. It was SUPPOSED to be awesome. Imagine how disappointed I was to find that after the first run through the washer, all but two of the colors in the funky yarn faded to white. I don't think there is a word that can adequately describe my disappoinment. Crestfallen, maybe?

Elisabeth Kubler- Ross states that there is a process of grieving in death; I believe it can also apply in situations like these.
1) Denial- No way, I can't believe it. I won't believe it!
2) Anger- WTF? Why did this freakin' yarn fade?!?! After all of the planning and work I put into this damn thing and it faded?!?! !@#$%^&!!!!!!!
3) Bargaining- Maybe I can rip out the bad yarn from the bag and find some way to crochet the fun and pretty NON faded stuff back in. Can you crochet something that's felted?
4) Depression- Everytime I walk by it, I become more disgusted with it for letting me down.
5) Acceptance- I am so not there yet.

I also forgot to mention that for some reason, the bag didn't felt properly at the top because of said faded yarn. BLAST!

Here is a picture of the crappy bag with the faded yarn. Next to the crappy bag with the faded yarn is a ball of the funky stuff- notice the vibrant, beautiful colors. Now take notice of how none of those colors are on the bag. Do you feel my pain? At this point, the bag would have been better without it.
Posted by Hello

10:01 PM

OK, that stinks...BUT the bag is beautiful!! You could simply cut off the top and it would be fine. I LOVE the stripes. I can come over and help if you want! :)
What a bummer! Especially since the stripes are so great! Can you try overdying it or do you need to allow the stages of grief to work through first? As Jackie said you could cut off the top and just have it be a bit shorter.
Major bummer, Lauren!! I agree with Jackie that the bag minus the funky yarn looks beautiful! You have to salvage it and lop off the funk. :)
I agree- I think I will cut off the top. It will be very small so I think I will give it to my neighbor's 5 year old daughter. She has been asking me to make her a purse for about a year now. I have enough yarn left over to make another one in the same stripes WITHOUT the funky stuff. Wait. Does this mean I have moved on to "Acceptance"?
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