Improving my technique. That's a big issue for me and it doesn't matter whether I'm trying to switch to continental knitting or riding my horse or writing this post. If I don't get the results I want, it frustrates me. Me frustrated with me is not a pretty thing, kind of like a baby on the verge of making a break through with motor skills, while teething. Today I gave myself a big grin. Wet felting with a flat resist to create seamless mittens is my focus lately. The last few pairs of mittens I made using the flat resist came out right but more from dogged bullheaded persistance than refined technique. And throwing the celtic knot design into the mix ups the ante because it matters where on the mitten that knot sits. The fulling process can send it all catawampus and I don't want it catawampus. I want more control over that. I could just go back to using the foam form because I'm pretty comfortable with that, but it's a one at a time process and I want to do the mittens two at a time Dammit. So I started another pair a couple days ago using the same celtic knot design I did on the last pair, also planning to make this pair a bit bigger since I have tiny hands and like a snug fit. That won't work for a lot of other people so if I am going to offer these mittens for sale, I have to be able to make them in other sizes.
The first couple parts of the felting process, layout and design plus getting to soft felt, didn't need to change. Getting the mittens fulled, however, required specific technique, so the mittens sat wet and soapy for a couple days while my behind the scenes neurons took over thinking about it all. My conscious brain concentrated on preparing for the bunny demo I did last night. With that demo behind me now, today I pulled out the soggy lumps to see what the neurons came up with. Consciously letting go of a problem for a few hours or days is often my salvation and that is what happened today. My fingers and hands teamed up with the neurons without me getting in the way stomping my feet and cussin' out the world. I let go of the end result and immersed myself in the process, took mental notes, and kind of just flowed off toward zen. There is more refining ahead but for now, I am pleased.