The Projects We Just Don’t Love

Have you ever picked out a really lovely skein of yarn, dreaming of all the wonderful things you could make with it, only to become frustrated with every pattern you try? That has been my trouble this week.

Autumn is my favourite time of year; the leaves, the crisp smell in the air, and mostly importantly all the beautiful colours! I gravitate towards jewel tones, specifically plums, sapphire blues, emerald greens, and rich merlot reds. But this year I’ve decided to push myself outside of my colour comfort zone and that is where the trouble began.

I have never been a fan of orange. It’s just not a colour that speaks to me. But I was working with a really rich shade of orange, called Yam, for a commissioned project and really loved it. The yarn is Estelle Bulky and it’s really soft and lovely to work with. When my commissioned project was finished I decided to grab another skein of Yam and one of a warm cream colour with visions of a cozy fall cowl in my mind. I searched Ravelry, scanned Pinterest, and finally decided on a pattern. After working several rows I just didn’t love it, so I ripped it out and tried another.

And another.

And another.

I’m on my fourth pattern now and I’m still not in love. It’s the colour comination. I know these colours work well together! So instead of becoming frustrated and starting again I’ve decided to stick to my pattern and finish this scarf. Maybe I won’t love it when it’s done, but I’m still glad I tried to push myself. So my question to you is, what do you do when you aren’t in love with your project? Do you frog it and start something new? Do you banish it to the time out bin? Do you push through and finish it as is?

In other news we’ve got some great events in the works and I’m so excited to share them with you all! First up is our Spinning Demo coming up on September 22nd. Paula from Knit4U will be teaching us all about spinning yarn. She’ll have a full fleece for you to check out, yarn in every stage of production, and drop spindles for you to try. It’s a great time to get more information if you’ve ever thought of trying spinning.


Coming up in October is I Love Yarn Day on October 13th. To celebrate we’ve got a really exciting event in the works. We’re working with other yarn shops in the area to put together a Yarn Crawl. Each shop will be offering exclusive patterns, fun kits, and edible goodies. Stay tuned for more information!

1 thought on “The Projects We Just Don’t Love”

  1. I think it depends on how complicated the pattern is…if it’s intricate I’ll push through the project. If it’s easy then I’ll frog it and try something new.
    I find if I put it in the “time out” bin and revisit it later I’m more annoyed with it. Sometimes it’s just easier to poke through and move on

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