This week's main subject was Susan's Epic Fail on a crochet bikini project. (And No, she does not swim in them - get those saggy butt images out of your minds...)
She had a pattern that suggested Paton's Grace, and had a stash of Grace, so... it seemed like the right thing to do. Well, no. It wasn't. I got a play by play (anything in italics is Susan's):
I spent my weekend yup - crocheting said bikini. I am almost done, just
doing the ties. I have to admit, it looks pretty good and was a lot of fun
to make ... Crocheted with orange Paton's Grace, still have to sew in the running
stitches of the elastic thread. The Grace is a nice yarn, so glossy, but my hands got tired due to the inflexible cotton.
All sorts of comments on Ravelry about whether to wear the bikini in the
water. I say, stretch cotton or not, just don't do it. Don't take the
chance and have your lady bits on display for all to see. ... my opinion is firm - no way for two piece anything belonging in the water, in my opinion.
then, the next day:
Crocheting this Paton's Grace has reminded me of one thing. 100% cotton
sucks. Finished said bathing suit, but I don't like the feel. It's like a
board. Wasted yarn, couldn't be bothered to rip it out. Today was garbage day. Guess where it went.
From one day to the next, she went from loving it, to tossing it in the trash!
I suspect no amount of washing will help that cotton. Too late - it's on
its way to landfill by now! I still have a couple of balls left. Who knows
what I'll end up making with it. That will definitely sit in the stash for40 more years. Too bad, it's a nice yarn.
Which leads me to a question - if you finished a project and hated it, would you save the yarn? or just toss the whole thing? I'm like Susan - unless the yarn was very dear or lovely, the whole thing is gone. I know I ripped out the ridiculously ugly brown and blue Romulan sweater, but I thought I could do something better with the yarn. I couldn't, and it's gone. (I sent it to Goodwill, only because other stuff was going - otherwise it would have been landfill. I understand frugality, and practice it within reason (I'm always on the lookout for a bargain!) but really, there are limits. Like all the acrylic crap I somehow accumulated - gone. Some to the school for craft projects, and the rest to Goodwill. Why knit with stuff you don't enjoy, isn't comfortable to wear, and won't hold it's shape? I admit there are places for it, but even for babies, give me a soft cotton or superwash wool. Yeah, it costs more, but aren't babies worth it? (Not to mention some adults...) Susan and I have this conversation often - we are both firmly in the natural fibre camp - synthetics have their place (some blends are good, especially for socks) - but the largest percentage of fibre in a yarn has to be natural for me.
What would you do?