So a while back I resolved to blog more about process - and failure, more specifically. Following through on this resolution will do two things for me: 1. I'll blog more often since I won't just be checking in here to say "hey look at this thing I just finished") and 2. more of my personality will come through on my blog. Recently, I took part in a moderated group chat in the ravelry designers' group. We were talking briefly about blogging and how much personality can/should come through in a blog. There's a fine line, in my view, between blogs demonstrating absolutely nothing about the author ("hey look at this thing I knit! That's all!") and those that contain so much personal information as to be boring and unrelateable ("why would I want to hear so much about your ____ that I have no interest in? Just show me the crafts!") At any rate, one way of being interesting (without being too personal, if that makes sense) is to talk about mistakes you've made and what you've done to deal with these problems. Few things bore me more than those overwhelmingly positive and perfect blogs. You know the ones: "I just finished these 19 quilts and fed my 6 children their all organic lunches and then we all ran through the picturesque field that is our yard and then rainbows came shooting out my ass!" Don't get me wrong, I love quilts, babies, organic food, positivity, and all that shit, but when this is the shape and tone of every single post on a blog I get BORED because this is not what my own life is like. I need to be able to relate in some way.
At any rate, tirade over. Enter: my deep v argyle vest.
Ironically, after making that rainbow-ass joke, I'd like to point out that this is the t-shirt I'm wearing under my vest.
So about that vest... something's not quite right, right? The bottom half looks okay.
Gosh that waist shaping fits me great. But what's up with the shoulders? Why do I look like a linebacker?
This right here might have something to do with it. So before you ask, my row gauge is spot on. The issue here is that I am somehow just now realizing, at age 31, that I have really small shoulders, and that the distance from my shoulders to waist is REALLY short. I suppose this is why petite sizes fit me so well when I'm 5'6" tall.
Now what to do about the vest situation? As much as it pains me, there is going to be some ripping. And this is a completely finished garment. I'm going to take off all that ribbing around the arms and the neckline. Picking up all those stitches took me an eternity and I plan on crying a single tear for each one. Then I'm going to start cutting/tearing until the fronts and back are a bit shorter, graft them together, do whatever crazy shit I'm going to have to do with the steeks that are then going to be dangling in the wind, and redo all that ribbing. The only thing I'm not sure about is what will happen with the steeks alongside the rows that are going to be taken out. Can I just tear those back as well and re-secure? Leave them as-is and sew them down? It all makes me want to puke, but I think in the end I'm going to end up with a vest that I'll actually wear. And by the way, if you've heard of anyone doing a similar surgery on a garment involving steeks or have any tips or suggestions I am ALL EARS.