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Friday, March 15, 2013

Friday Contest (and knowing when to stop!)


Back in the Fall, I started working on a set of mini-doilies. They were quick and fun to make, and I was designing a couple every week or so. They were almost ready for testing, I just had to do some finishing touches on them, and do the photography.  I put them aside until after the Holidays, but after the first of the year I got busy with a new cape design. When I finally got back to my mini doilies, I decided I didn't like the colors I had been using, and remade most of them in a new color scheme. While I was working on the last one, I had an idea for another doily, which didn't really fit in with the rest of them, but was just too cute not to try. 
And while I was working on that one, I thought of another one I just had to make. 
And then, when I was shopping for a birthday gift for my daughter Robyn, I saw something that gave me an idea for a really awesome little doily, something I had never tried before. I came home and started working on it right away. It took me over a week, but I finally got it right, and I think it will be the 'star' of the set.  But, it doesn't quite fit in with all of the rest of the doilies. So I will have to re-do some of them. 
I am beginning to wonder if this set will ever get finished!
But I went through the same thing when I designed my "Ripples, Ruffles and Roses" doilies a few years ago. 
I guess that is just my designing process. 
Ripples, Ruffles, and Roses Doilies
 But, it is Friday, so how about a contest? I will give one person their choice of any pdf pattern on my site, bellacrochet.com. 

I will select the winner at random, and send out the patterns in the morning (Saturday.) I will post the name of the winner here, so be sure to check back in the morning to see if you won. 

Also, if you post anonymously, please be sure I have a way to identify you (at least give your first name or a nick name in your comment; I have no way of knowing who is posting.)
To enter, just leave a comment answering this question: 

Have you ever finished a project, and then wished you had done something about it differently? 


This contest is now closed. 
Please check back next Friday for my weekly contest.

27 comments:

crochethuahua said...

Yes, I've made things and wished I had used different colors.

Kristine said...

Yes. I designed a hat pattern but never published it. Finally, after looking at it for months I decided to just do it. I got TONS of compliments on it and realized everyone likes something different, so even if I wasn't 100% on board with it, it was more my personal liking that an error that should have/needed to be fixed.

CaraLouise said...

oh goodness, all the time! make it, remake it, let it set, come back and decide to start all over from scratch... and a lot of my earlier designs I didn't ever write down what I did, so there was really no way to replicate it! I have learned to keep notes now! And actually save them... because what may have not worked this time, may very well be the inspiration for next time!

Eileen Chrisjohn said...

Oh yes I have done the same thing. Early on when I first started working with bright colors on my own,(without using the exact color yarn the pattern called for)I made a Rainbow blanket which was just an easy granny stripe blanket. So I was in charge of the order my colors would appear. I finished it and since learning a little more about color I would have had my stripes in a totally different order than I did. But...My Daughter loved it so all was not lost. Thanks for the chance to win a pattern! I just love your blog.
Eileen :)

Sarah said...

Yes! Sure have, I recently crocheted a dress in a colorway I thought was going to be gorgeous, but when I finished, it was just a bit off. I would have maybe switched the main color for the contrasting color and think that might have turned out more elegant. :) Thanks for the chance to enter! :)

SarahSweethearts.blogspot.com

marid88 said...

Many times projects fail as I would like, sometimes
is the fault of cotton not suitable, sometimes the colors are not right, sometimes I'm wrong but ... patience in life no one is perfect!marid88

AbraKassSandra said...

Oh yes, I knitted a jacket for me just last year. I loved the pattern and had some orange colored wool in my stash. But now the jacket is finished but it just does not suit me from the colour ;-(. I wished I had went out and bougth a colour that fits to me ;-)
LG Sandra(Germany)

Debsydoo said...

i think this has happened to mose crocheters, i know it has to me. either the color is not quite right or i wish i had done something different with the patter. i do quite often change things and do them my own way.

Anonymous said...

Yes I have a normally it always comes down to color.. Love your work !!! krzyabybay@yahoo.com

Mindy said...

Oh absolutely! But I always blame it on being a perfectionist and have to just say, "It's complete, leave it alone! Walk away!"
Thanks for the chance to win one of you amazing patterns! (If by some strange chance I win, I may not get back to my email until Saturday evening. Will I be disqualified?) ;-)

Lina said...

Oh yes I have done that a couple of times. :)

Debbie Kos said...

I think in some way I am too much of a perfectionist when it comes to my work...I always have to tell myself that it's not going into a museum, and that Ishould love my work as much as others do...:)

Shari said...

All the time. I am currently making cat beds for a local charity and I had about 7 of them done before I decided that I wanted them a bit different. I took them all apart and started over. These are for cats... orphan cat! They are not going to care at all, they are just going to be happy to have something snuggly to sleep on.

janice15 said...

I have started many things then thought gee should have done it that way...I'm a crocheting but can not crochet by pattern wish I could..but I wanted to say your doilies look so pretty...Happy Weekend with love Janice @ spoonwither.blogspot.com

Layne Madsen said...

Oh my...all the time! I can see things in different colors, adding or subtracting a design element, using a different stitch or thread...the list goes on. When I design something I am constantly ripping it out to change it! I am never 100% happy with anything I make...even I can't live up to my standards of perfection! Lol!!!

Denise Morrison Fritz said...

I think crocheting something and then wishing you would have used a different color or done something different is just a part of being a crocheter.
Denise Fritz

Dars said...

Absolutely! I do it all the time!

Patti-Rocky Mtn Stitcher said...

Whatbeautiful doilies! I cant recal lmaking anythign I didnt love when I finished it but once I crocheted a 70" tablecloth and realized the dye lot was differrent and had to unravel all the last bal I used.

Beva said...

Many times. For example I crocheted a doily and I regreted that I didn't modify the pattern. There was something wrong and it was ruffling.

Anonymous said...

Usually it boils down to color choices, but one time I made a vest and wished I'd used a bigger hook to get a slightly larger size. Janet K

dickletn said...

I believe we all have, working on baby afghan ran out of yarn and finished with yarn on hand. Did not come out good. So have it on dolls I have. Hope all have a great weekend.
Janet

Bren said...

Oh, who hasn't had a better idea when it's too late. We can tweak away hours trying to get it just right I've never made anything that I haven't looked at and thought "I shoulda....."

Sherri said...

Yes Ive even gone back and ripped it out to redo. My family thinks Im nuts when I do that

Gina Foster said...

Yes, then I have made another one the way I would have really liked it to look.

Gina Foster
MRSGLFOSTER@AOL.COM

Anonymous said...

Yes, I have and done that more than a few times.
Diane B.

jonamc said...

Yes and no. I have made alot of doilies, if there is something I don't like about it, I usually don't make it again. But if I like the doily, I will try it again in different colours to see how it looks.

Anonymous said...

I often wish I had chosen a different colour with some of my projects. Kaylene