Dear oh dear oh dear
My mother often used to say “Oh dear!” when something didn’t go quite as planned. As in “Cath, oh dear, that cake didn’t turn out as we thought it would – did it?”. As I’m not a terribly good cook – I heard many ‘oh dear(s)’ growing up. Also upon being an adult cooking in mum’s house. However it was these words I uttered when seeing my latest project as I pulled it from the washing machine. However the positive side is – if you don’t fail you don’t learn. By this measure, therefore, I reckon I must be hitting genius level!
Here’s how this project’s thought process went: One day I thought ‘by gosh, a knitted/felted deer head trophy would look just marvellous in my caravan! I bet not many people have one of those swinging from the overhead cupboards!’. On reflection, there may be a well-founded reason for this lack of faux taxidermied kitchen sculpturage in mobile abodes. Nonetheless, having come across this wonderful free pattern by the talented Claire Garland, I thought I’d give it a shot (so to speak! bit of a hunting pun there …). I won’t put a photo up of what it should look like – as that would be too embarrassing by far. Let’s just say ‘oh dear’, and leave it at that.
Notes on learning for next time:
- Don’t let ego over-ride knitting capabilities
- Do use yarn ply noted in pattern
- Do use needle size noted in pattern
- Do not felt head in washing machine longer than specified in pattern
- Do not start crying and laughing simultaneously when pulling bedraggled failure from washing machine
- Do not start eating truckloads of chocolate to sooth bruised ego
On another note, I have been practising my tangely doodles. I reckon it’s great to keep a record of your progress, then you can go back and do an internal cringe when you see the stuff you thought you did such a great job on – and now realise it left ‘a lot to be desired’, as my maths teacher used to write (nearly every year) on my school reports.
So, dearest makers of crafty things, remember, when you have an ‘oh dear’ moment – you’re just getting smarter
Wishing you the occasional momentus failure,