Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Sometimes finishing doesn't mean that you're going to complete a project, e.g. a sweater, or in this case, a jacket. At times it means finally putting to rest something that's been languishing for much too long.  Such is the case with my Rainbow Jacket by Vivian Hoxbro.

This is how it's looked for at least a couple of years:

It's about 95% finished, if not more.  I ran out yarn on the very last stripe and was sent more (no cost), but while I was waiting for it to arrive, I got sidetracked by other knitting.  So, this has been sitting in a basket all this time.

This is what it's to look like when finished, with a change.  I reversed the colors so that the greens and yellows are on the sleeves and away from the face, and the purples and reds are in the center.  I also prefer the jacket with the neck open rather than done up tightly as in this photo.

I don't know what's changed - the passage of time, a change in my taste in clothes, ennui, wondering if I'll really wear it?  All I know is that I'm trying to finish up what I've started and I'm not sure if I really want to finish this jacket.  I'm thinking that, even though it'll be a big job in itself, that I should just take the jacket apart, give the yarn a bath to relax it, let it air dry and then roll it into balls for another, future, project.

Decisions, decisions.  I'll make up my mind soon, though, as I refuse to let this project hang around for another few years.  It's finish - or be done with it.


Dave Daniels said...

I think it looks pretty great! Finish it, put it away, and take it out again in a few months. You might be surprised at how wonderful it really is.

Jen B said...
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Jen B said...

Wow - I just blogged about something similar. 95% done is really close to being done. I don't think I could take it apart if I was so close to the finish (especially with the years of build up). If the hold up is that you've lost interest in the finished product, maybe tell yourself you're knitting it for so-and-so's birthday. And when you finish it, if you realize you like it - keep it!

Diana L. Sullivan, CPA said...

Maybe you're just a little tired of looking at it, because it is absolutely beautiful and you're going to get lots of compliments on it when it's finished.