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Saturday, July 16, 2016

A new hope (YOP update)

No, not the Star Wars movie.... I'm talking about my crochet project (of course) - The Freakin' Frilly Dress.
You can't tell by looking at the dress that I've made much progress so I took a picture of the left over yarn.  I started that skein last week!  

This week I got really REALLY frustrated and almost gave up completely. I saw a post on facebook about the baby I'm making this dress for and it mentioned the month she was due to be born. I freaked out because she was older than I thought. I chose to make the 6-9 month size to give myself extra time and she is 8 1/2 months now. I was feeling so frustrated thinking I'd never get the dress finished before she out-grew it. Each day this week I would try to work on it while the puppy was sleeping and I couldn't even tell how much progress I'd made because of all the ruffles. I like to see how far I've gone and how much there is left till the end of the row, round or next change etc.  I realized part of the problem was that this feels like a small project but it is more like an afghan - a round one. So I rearranged the dress on my lap just now to look like a round afghan and then I noticed the center. Oh yes, that will definitely fit her unless she is a giant baby and she does not look like a giant baby from the pictures.  It is NOT too late (insert mental cartwheel here).  I totally forgot that I decided to go up a size hook too.

So I have a new prospective and a renewed hope in this project! I put on some music and turned it up and just started working away, determined to quit watching for the end.  That is like watching the tracks for the next train to come - extremely boring.  I'd rather just plow straight ahead and run right into it.  That's what I'm going to do.

Maybe Sunday I'll be able to get some ribbon for the straps.  What is it about V stitches that makes me hate them?

I just realized I didn't quite follow the round correctly for the previous row.  I misread the instructions but I did it uniformly around so I'm leaving it.  It doesn't look like a mistake.  It would have been faster if I'd followed the instructions, but oh well, I guess I redesigned it lol

To be updated......


13 comments:

  1. Glad you gained some new hope in the dress!!!! Some projects can be so daunting, especially when on a time crunch. Going round by round and not always looking toward the end is a good plan!

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    1. Thanks, I was on the verge of loosing it there for a while. I'm glad I can see the end in sight.

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  2. Interesting. Reading your explanation I can see how what looks like a smallish dress is actually quite a lot of crocheting - especially because it flares out, doesn't it? Hopefully you'll be able to finish it soon!

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    1. Yes, it has a very full skirt that is actually quite heavy. Now I see that it is more of a photography prop than anything. The dress is kind of too long for a baby just beginning to walk. If I don't take the straps in I think it might touch the ground when she is standing. It is hard to tell without see the baby though and they live in New York. I just have to do the best I can.

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  3. So glad you went up a hook size or two. It will fit the baby ok and you can relax while finishing the rounds. I feel the same way with my large mandala, row by row (round by round) it gets bigger and slower to complete each round. But the end is near (or nearer). Stick with it, it will be gorgeous when done.

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    1. Me too. It just better fit her or I'll scream!

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  4. I hope your fibromyalgia lets up soon so you can finish the dress pain free and in peace! All will be fine...try and enjoy the process and whne you're done take LOTS of pictures! Have a hopefully better week!

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  5. I'm so glad you are sticking with it as it will be splendid and you must be so close now!

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  6. Love the idea of mental cartwheels. I will remember that since at my age the real thing is just not gonna happen!

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  7. Keep going! And It looks like you did rather a lot with the amount of yarn left. It is a stunning little number and you have come too far to quit now. Can't wait to see it finished xx Leah

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  8. You're doing an awesome job and a bit of music cranked up and a new perspective and it will be done, go you!

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  9. Oh I know that feeling of project frustration. It's such a lovely pattern. I think you will be very happy you stayed with it.

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