Is it progress if one has ripped out the whole thing and started over again for the third time?
Well, in this case I think it is a progress. I have finished crocheting the middle of the back and was thinking about shaping the shoulders. But a couple of days ago I remembered a conversation with my friend Tamar, that made me think.
I am very top-light, I would have written top-less, but that is another thing altogether. Anyways, I am build like a pear. Relatively small shoulders, almost invisible (unless I am nursing) chest, whatever is left over from my waste and a rather large bottom. What can I tell you – it is a family trait. And a reason why I can very rarely buy ready-to-wear things. Dresses, robes, even nightgowns that fit my derriere have huge expenses of fabric in the chest, and I feel like I could carry an annual budget of a third world country in small bills stuffed into it and still have room to grow. Add to this shoulders any footballer would be proud of and sleeves to fit a gorilla and you get the gory picture.
On the other hand my last crochet vest tended to look…hm…strained across the back and gaped in the front. I obviously needed a lot more fabric on the bottom than on top or even in the middle. Since I like to crochet my vests up and down I did not see a solution. So after I have showed off the last vest I made and told my friend that I was not happy with it she asked me why not add more rows to the bottom part. This was at least 4 years ago. Last week all of a sudden I asked myself “Why not?” After all when I knit I use short rows very often, I like them and have no problems incorporating them into my own designs. So why not do with a hook what I have been doing with a needle?
That is why on Saturday night, after the Shabbos was over, I ripped out the whole thing and started over, now with short rows. I am at the same point I was when I frogged my vest. But feel happier with it. And yes, I am writing it all down as I go.
Now I need to figure out how I want to shape the shoulders.