Friday, March 18, 2011

Fiber Arts Friday: Apparently I'm an Artist

When I was contemplating what to do about the second skein of Aspen in my Quasi-Commissioned Project, it occurred to me that I may have crossed over into actual artist-dom.

I've been doing fiber arts for a while now, but the truth is I have only considered myself an aspiring artist and not an actual artist.  I have been so focused on learning new skills that it literally just occurred to me that I have started developing against my own ideas.

Also if I wasn't an artist, the difference between the two skeins of yarn in the same project wouldn't bother me so much.  Because the color transition, while not perfect, worked well and the stitch pattern was executed correctly. 

On top of that, I have also missed every deadline I've given myself. To put that statement into context you need to understand that I am a project manager by day and engineer by trade. I am very good at my job and don't miss deadlines or requirements very often.  Fortunately my friend who asked for this project has been very understanding and wants to make sure I am having fun.

So I have frogged the project and started over because I can't deal with the gauge difference and I can not give him something I am not proud of.

Don't be sad though.  The skeins are perfect as individuals.

The second skein will be perfect as the Quasi-Commissioned project and the first skein will be de-kinked and turned into something equally as perfect.

Quasi-Commissioned Project, take 2

So grab a cup of your favorite beverage and take some time to see what all of the other artists have been up to.  The Wonder Why Gal has it all neatly organized for us because it is Fiber Arts Friday.


Word Lily said...

Ah, the age-old, never-to-be answered 'what is art/an artist' question! The yarn looks pretty from here! :D Wear the moniker with pride.

Melissa Plank said...

It happens sometimes, some project just take a little longer to get off the launch pad

Voie de Vie said...

The fact that you wouldn't be proud to give the commission in its previous state is probably the biggest flag that you're an artist - and a professional. :)

And since you're still having fun ...

Happy fiber arts Friday!

Knot By Gran'ma said...

Yup. You've caught the art bug... missing deadlines, starting over so you can be happy (even though no one else would probably notice!)... both classic signs! Awesome.

Kathryn Ray said...

Thank you all for your support. I am proud to be amoung some great company. :-)

Spinster Beth said...

The colors on that yarn are very elemental, like copper and earth. Lovely!

WonderWhyGal said...

You are right to get it right. If someone were to pay me...I want it done right. Argh! That's why I don't sell my knitting. tehehehe

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

AllyB said...

And wasn't it a relief to finally rip the thing out and start anew? I know if something is bugging me like that the only thing for it is a good reversal. Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Vivian said...

Very interesting to find out more about your day job. I was looking for a web design / database service company a little while back, might still need it some day. Here is my day job:

Melissa said...

I've had to knit back so many lace projects, I can go backwards as fast as I can knit forward!

I just look at this as one more skill.

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!