Unblocked knitting is an ugly duckling: plain, unfinished, disappointing, homely - and worst of all - homey! I don't want to knit things that look homemade - I want to knit things that look handmade.
I always feel let down and uninspired by my finished knitting projects. They never look the way I've envisioned. But I wash and block them anyway, hoping against hope that somehow they will redeem themselves.
And they always do! After blocking, my fowl baby fowl blossom into beautiful swans. Or at least more beautiful swans.
Meet my recovering ugly duckling mitts. Despite my despair, they became swans, turning out better than I hoped. They're quite pretty little things, aren't they?