Sometimes you make something and it just isn’t what you envisioned. It’s hard to know what to write about it in this case: “here is a thing, and it disappointed me” is not the tone I usually strive for. But here we are! I made a thing! It wasn’t fun to make and I don’t like the outcome. TA-DAA.
I mean, it’s not objectively hideous. But I am very conscious of the following things:
- I had forgotten how much I dislike making amigurumi. It’s all small hooks and super-tight hand-hurting tension and counting, counting, counting all day. Forget it!
- Because I don’t like crocheting ami, I shortened the ears by a good ten rows and completely omitted the arms. The pattern was for a sleepy bunny, rather than the… generic animal head? that I ended up with.
- I didn’t have any polyfill and didn’t feel like driving across town to get some, so I stuffed the head with scrap cloth. In many ways that’s fine, but it kind of throws off the balance (though with a heavier head and the blanket trailing behind this would probably be great for throwing).
- The ears appear to be different lengths. An optical illusion? Did I add or omit an extra row? I don’t know, man, counting stitches is annoying.
- Also I’m not crazy about spirals. Working in the round is fine, but I’d much rather join at the end of each row than work continuously.
- I used some of the crappier acrylic from my stash and it’s just not that nice to work with.
What this all boils down to, I guess, is that I am even more of a “process” crafter than I realized. It was already obvious to me that I’m not attached to my finished products — I have no qualms about giving things away or chucking them into the back of a closet no matter how much work I put into them. Out of sight (or perhaps, off of hook), out of mind. But what’s clear now is that whether a project is a success or a failure in my eyes has almost everything to do with how much I enjoyed the creative process and almost nothing to do with the actual result.
For my own records; I used Bernat Super Value yarn in white, Red Heart Super Saver in “Monet” (leftovers from Perpetua’s blankie), and the eyes and nose were done with Stylecraft Special DK leftovers from my Eastern Jewels blanket. I used a 3.75mm hook for the animal parts and a 6mm hook for the lovey portion.
Anyway, this was supposed to be a gift for someone’s baby… but I feel weird enough about it that I’ll just make something else. This can go into the toy bin for my daughters to fight over and I’ll pretend it never happened.
Oh well. At least someone likes it.
4 thoughts on “Process vs. Product”
It is super cute! We’ve had various animal-head-binkies over the years that the kids have loved. I agree though that it’s become all about process. My hands can’t take the abuse of super tight stitching and unpleasant yarn, and my focused time is far to scant to spend it counting. I’m right there with ya sister!
I kinda like it, too. Annoying or otherwise, it has a certain baby-bunny charm.
I wanted to see your ‘creation’ but no pictures came through. 😦
That made me laugh! I love your humor about it. ☺️
Comments are closed.