Monday, January 25, 2010

Unfinished Business

In our dining room is this beautiful African basket I bought at the flea market in Albuquerque.
In the basket is this gorgeous old laundry bag from my family.
And this lovely hand-embroidered bag contains my unfinished business: a stunning sweater/coat I've been knitting for myself for many years.
I finished the back and one half of the front and have been sort of at a standstill because I don't think I have enough yarn for all the leaves for the second half of the front.
And the yarn has been discontinued some years see my dilemma. But now I've decided to try to finish the other half of the front and keep my fingers crossed that I have enough yarn. I'll never know if I don't try. And then I'll decide on the sleeves. I may just keep it a long vest (it goes down to my knees!) and not add sleeves if I don't have enough yarn. Or I may get matching yarn for the sleeves.

We'll see! But this blog has been so good at keeping me accountable and busy with my other creative endeavors, I thought it might help me in getting this done! Wish me luck!!


  1. Der Korb und Wäschesack sind wunderschön!
    und der halbe Pulli sind super aus, wäre echt schade wenn die Wolle nicht reichen würde.

  2. Oh what a lovely laundry bag! And the coat will be lovely for the beautiful Silke when it´s finished. What if you just buy a different yarn and do both of the fronts (just in top, 10cm) in one color (purple) and the sleeves in one color(purple). Then you might get enough yarn for some of the beautiful pattern on both sides.

  3. Ach das Dilamma kenn ich, ich hab auch einen dreiviertel fertigen Pulli seit zwei Jahren im Korb liegen.
    Hoffentlich reicht deine Wolle
    Have a great week Silke

  4. It will be beautiful dear Silke, just like you.

    By the way, I love the washing bag.


  5. Ich liebe deine wäschesack! :)
    Viel glück, liebe Silke.

  6. Wow! It will be a stunning piece of wearable art when it's finished!

    I know what you mean about blogging - it does have a way of keeping you accountable, doesn't it? I feel very guilty, too, when I feel that I have nothing to show or write about, or when I haven't been as creative as I know I could be.
    You have nothing to worry about, though! You are one of the kindest, most interesting, creative people I've met anywhere.

    Hugs and love,

  7. Beautiful, Silke! That's one of those 'What'ifs! You gotta try! Hugs, Lynda

  8. Hi Silke.
    The sweater coat is beautiful ~ I love almost anything with leaves on it. Beautiful colors, too. You will make it work - it is too beautiful to leave unfinished.
    Eager to see it when completed.
    ♥ audrey

  9. Oh Silke, so beautiful and COMPLICATED to my wee little brain! It is going to look stunning on you. Speaking of, you should be a MODEL!! **kisskiss** Deb

  10. Good heavens! Even your dirty clothes look beautiful!!! Good morning sunshine, okay I am thinking of returning soon...

  11. Pretty incredible Silke, wish I knew how to make my own clothes.

  12. silke..
    thank you so much for visiting my blog. i have seen your comments on blogs that we both must enjoy visiting so i was thrilled to see you had found your way over to mine.
    i just have to say that i am in LOVE with your old family wash bag. it is simply lovely. what a treasure.
    have the best day

  13. Silke dear friend

    what a beautifull sweater, and the colors so fantastic,soft and lovely together.
    the old washbag is also a beautifull treasure.
    I hope you can figure out to finish your wonderfull work, to wear it.

    Love to you and hugs.

  14. WOWZERS!!! You're some talent lady friend!!! You kept that hiding????Amazing...and such a treasure of a bag to keep it in.SO much patience!!!!
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE you last post with the 2 of my favourites.
    Have a wonderful day.

  15. Silke, thank you my dearest Silke. I always knew you are special and thank you for missing me. I missed you too that is why I visited you all the time.

  16. After seeing your beautiful jacket, I have no right to whine about the scarf I just finished. (and it is nothing compared to the level of complexity of your jacket!)
    There has to be a creative solution to it; could you do arms solid and leave the leaf pattern to the front and back? Would that solve the yarn issue? As opposed to me, who bought too much because I just *knew* I would run out.
    Didn't......oy. ;)


  17. Oh, you MUST finish this! It is absolutely spectacular! And so much hard work already went into it. I cannot imagine all the counting of stitches and changing of yarns that went into this. Wow!

  18. Did you happen to see (months ago) when Michelle Obama went to England to a girl's school and she wore a sweater that was created putting different pieces together - you could do that with this sweater since you can't get more of the wool, or your idea of a vest is great too. It is truly lovely and would be a shame not to finish in some way.

  19. Hi Silke! Your laundry bag is lovely! I know how you must feel with your unfinished business. You're so close to being done! It looks beautiful already. Wishing you creative blessings! :)

  20. I like the idea of a vest, and I think it is great that you have the courage to get it out and try to finish it. I have a hook rug with the same problem-now it just sits in the closet unfinished. I understand your situation.

  21. This is an amazing project...I'm glad you've decided to take it up again to finish -- however it will be finished. I think we all have a project like this -- put away and hidden for one reason or another. You've lit my fire to go and find mine!! :)

  22. dear silke,
    theres so much here, first the african basket, what a find. i'm glad it found a happy home with you.
    your laundry basket is just the sort of thing i love and if i saw it at a flea market i would buy. i love old linens and embroidered ones even more.
    and your sweater, oh my gosh. i've done the same thing, actually made one into a pillow as a last resort. i didn't have the heart anymore to finish it, too much color change and pattern, not into it. but with the back done it was a simple thing to turn into a lovely pillow (which made a nice gift).
    keep on if your inspired, it is a gorgeous beautiful work of art. i love leaves, one of my favorites.
    lots of love,

  23. I love the basket and the rest of your treasures. Good luck, but I don't think you need any, you are very good at everything you do. Take care.

  24. Somehow I missed this post before. Your sweater is gorgeous! I hope you can finish it up so you can wear it, whether as a vest or a sweater. Keep us posted on your progress!