Knitting failure into success!

Only the center is sewn down. The remainder, which is in dire need of my attention, is held down by T-pins.

I love lace. I love making lace. I love that when knitting lace, you have to be EXACT. If you lose or gain one stitch, the entire lace pattern will be off. I love that lace is a challenge for me.

Two years ago, I began making my mother a lavender bedspread, the pattern is Hemlock Ring Blanket by Jared Flood. At Rosie’s Yarn Cellar in Philadelphia, I bought yarn at their sidewalk sale. The color and weight was perfect for the lace bedspread. Hours and hours of kitting in the round later, I was binding off on Christmas day to at least show my mother the idea of the final product without having blocked it (my sister always claims I never finish anything on time, but that will be another post). She adored my skills, and I was happy for it.

Then reality hit – I made this bedspread with Rowan Kid Classic, a fiber that has NYLON in it, and nylon does not flatten when blocked. Nylon likes to scrunch up. All of a sudden, I had a scrunched up, useless doily instead of a beautiful bedspread. What a waste! All my time, all my effort – wasted.

With my first knittingĀ failureĀ on my hands, I told all my crafty friends. I didn’t want anyone to make the same mistake. Well, it turns out I have some smart and inspired friends! Stephanie suggested I take my failure and tack it down in a useful, attractive manner. Spread it across a canvas and hang it on the wall, or cover a pillow. Perfect! I am currently in the process (and what a painstaking process it is) to tack the lace to a body pillow. I must have over 100 places I need to tack. And since the piece won’t wrap the entire pillow front and back, I plan to cover the back with a purple fabric and add a bias tape edging.

My motivating factor – two years in a row I have promised my mother a Christmas gift with this lace. It is only January, and I want to have it done for Mother’s Day. Wish me luck!

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