Winging It

small granny squares For the most part, I like winging it when it comes to crafting. Though I do use them, patterns make me nervous. I much prefer to tackle a project by figuring it out what needs to be done and doing it, minus a pattern. I recently found an article of clothing at a thrift store that was fantastic in just about every way. There is one thing I want to change and that’s what these granny squares are for. Of course, the whole thing could be a complete failure, but I hope not. I should have it done by next week and I can’t wait to show you. Oh, and after I laid these out, I noticed how cute they would be as a granny square wreath. I might have to work on some of those for next Christmas. On a side note, my closet is almost done. Just one more stack to go through and then my clothes will be down to what I actually wear and love. Decluttering is so freeing, good thing, as I have lots more to do. Which do you prefer, working from patterns, or winging it?

crochet, sewing, thrift store finds • Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 • 11 Comments »
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11 Responses to “Winging It”

  1. Elizabeth says:

    I love winging it too . If I use a pattern it never turns out like the illustration and then I get really frustrated. If I make something up then I’m not comparing it to a photo of how it should look, just how I hoped it would look in my head. Hope that makes sense.
    Lovely granny square BTW and you’re right, they would make a lovely Christmas wreath.

  2. Sarah says:

    Yes, I too tend to wing it–though I think I’d save myself a lot of frustration if I used patterns more. I think there is value in following instructions from someone who has already worked out the kinks. But then again, I like the challenge of solving the problems that arise with a pattern-free project.

    Your little granny squares are pretty!

  3. Petit Filoux says:

    I’d have to say working from a pattern, simply because I’m still a beginner really!! Can’t wait to see what the article of clothing is and what you’re going to do with it!

  4. Emily says:

    Definitely winging it. Maybe I’m just too impatient to deal with reading all of the instructions and using a pattern. I do use patterns on occasion, though. Can’t wait to see your finished project.

  5. French Knots says:

    Sewing – I wing it as I pretty much know what I’m doing, but knitting I’m less confident so I stick to the pattern and am usually pleasantly surprised when I have the number of stitches the pattern says I should!
    Please come round and declutter my house too!! I’m a terrible hoarder and keep things ‘just in case’!

  6. Mousy Brown says:

    Winging it all the way! Well done for getting the decluttering done – can’t wait to see your finished project 🙂

  7. lisa leonard says:

    a wreath like this would be sooo cute!

  8. Emma says:

    I sometimes start off with a pattern but always end up winging it!
    And the granny square wreath looks like an exciting project!!

  9. kristina says:

    Absolutely must have a pattern or I’m completely lost!

    Love the granny square wreath–gorgeous. Another reason I must learn to crochet! Very intrigued by how you’ll be using the squares to modify your thrifting find!

    K x

  10. AG Ambroult says:

    ooo…can’t wait to see what youre making. And that WOULD be a great wreath!

  11. michelle says:

    Oh I am very much a wing it girl…
    I find it hard to follow patterns as my tension must be way out or something as they never turn out like they should…
    I also love the feeling of de-cluttering…
    It is wonderful…
    It makes room for more stuff!!!lol…

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