Saturday, December 6, 2008

Ghost Hat Failure

One of the fun part about crafts is that you have practically unlimited options. You can choose to work with a medium; bending it's form to fit your concept. You can choose a medium or two that works best for a single concept and move to a different one for the next project. The trouble with changing mediums often is that unless you're the reincarnation of a renaissance master with a large purse to boot, you'll end up with only a minor master of the medium and spend a fortune on the professional tools that are needed to get the most out of a given material. So once you've decided to hunker down and try to get the most out of your medium, you'll begin to try different techniques to get a better result or simply speed things up. Sometimes these experiments work out; sometimes they don't. But if you can apply what you've learned from your mistake to a later project, it's a lesson well learned.

We got the basic ghost hat design down on the first try, but decided to try something different so that the eyes would be in the same layer as the base hat. The Tapestry method of crochet allows you to run mulitple threads of yarn together, bringing one to the front while dropping the others behind. Depending on the colors used and the tightness of the stitch, the threads running in the background can be nearly invisible. Or not.

This Inky hat done in "Country Blue" (which I will forever consider the color of siding for seaside cottages) doesn't really cut it. The eyes have the same number of stitches as the pieces sewn onto the normal hat, but end up distorted and awkward.

Not only is the black and white yarn visible behind the blue in front of the hat, but due to the nature of Tapestry crochet, it follows all the way around the hat.

In addition to being ugly, this hat doesn't stretch quite like the others; the threads behind limit the size the hat will stretch out to. Well, live and learn. There are some great Tapestry crochet works out there, but this isn't one of them.

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