Yesterday when I mentioned the Dreambird project, there were enough folks who seemed interested in knitting it that Denise and I thought it would be fun if the two of us did our projects at the same time and shared our progress along with the readers of our blogs. If you want to try this project along with us, please jump right in. I’ll add a link box here for sharing your yarn selections and your progress. You know any time Denise and I are involved together, there’s going to be lots of
blaming friendly banter.
Denise and I plan to begin some time towards the end of August. We chose that date because Camp Loopy will have ended, and hopefully, my garden chores will be winding down. What Denise and I will be doing is sharing our progress, and keeping the enthusiasm going. We will not be “teaching” or answering a whole lot of questions because (1) this is someone else’s design . . not ours; (2) we’re both busy, busy, busy; and (3) I am not a great knitter and though Denise is a whole lot more experienced than I am, she has as many irons in the fire as I do.
I have talked this group project over with the Dreambird designer, Nadita, and she will be happy to step in and help us through any rough spots. But, this is not a hand holding project . . it’s an encourage each other, share progress type project . . with Nadita possibly helping us get through that first feather.
There are probably more quilters here than knitters. I can draw a comparison between Dreambird and Karen Stone’s quilt patterns. And . . who knew Karen Stone lives in Beaumont, Texas? Karen’s quilt patterns are gorgeous. They look hard and scary to me. I’ve quilted them for others and they always tell me they are so easy to do and the ones I’ve quilted, the points have been perfect. The fabric chosen for Karen’s designs make or break the finished product. What I’ve read about Dreambird is the same — get it figured out and it’s smooth sailing. I believe, from reading the pattern, that Nadita has done an excellent job of explaining it and yes, it isn’t a simple pattern but the finished result is stunning.
One more quilt analogy – Stack & Whack®! When I first read the pattern, I was so confused. Many quilters told me the same thing. I had the book for months, maybe years, before attempting to make one and then I was hooked. The fabric makes the quilt and it was so fun to see what kind of blocks each fabric would produce. I couldn’t stop making them. It seems very similar with folks who are making their third or fourth Dreambird.
Dreambird looks hard and scary but when I read through the progress notes on Ravelry, I see that once you “get it”, and except for those who give up (I call them quitters!), everyone says after just a few tries . . it “clicks” and the pattern is so easy after that. Choosing yarn is probably harder than knitting the pattern! Some of us are chart readers and some of us are written instruction readers. I am not a chart reader. I can look at the easiest of charts and confuse myself so, for the most part, I completely ignore charts.
I’ve always been one to say “If someone else can do something, I can do it too!” That helps me get through rough spots but . . it also results in me getting into rough spots.
When I first saw the Dreambird design, I wanted to make it. I read through the comments of those who had made it or were making it and I told myself it was over my head but I kept going back to it and . . nothing ventured, nothing gained! I don’t want to be one who goes through life not doing the hard parts and therefore, not experiencing the beauty and uniqueness of the end results.
This pattern was posted on Ravelry in January, 2013 and about six months later, there are over 800 projects already started and/or finished, along with over 3200 queues. Looking through the 800+ projects, there are hardly any that I wouldn’t love to make. The ones with the light backgrounds and bright feathers, the ones with the dark backgrounds and bright feathers .. muted feathers, hardly any change in the colors in the feathers — this is an amazing pattern that produces an amazing. There’s at least one with a lime green background. Oh . . can I really wait til August 3 to start this project?
Working with yarn is so different and more forgiving than working with fabric. Cut up 20 – 2″ strips of fabric and decide you don’t like the pattern and you’ve wasted a lot of fabric. Start a knitting design and decide you don’t like it, unravel it, wind it back up and throw it back in the yarn stash for another project. Nothing is wasted.
I can see having people stop and comment on this every time I wear it. In fact, that solid white shirt I bought yesterday, I was thinking of Dreambird when I bought that!
And, there’s a minibird. You know what I’m thinking . . some day in the future! :)
If you’re a knitter, and if you like the looks of this shawl, now’s the time to ask yourself . . are you going to make one? Or, are you going to let everyone else who loves it make one while you tell yourself it’s too hard for you?
If you’re not a member of Ravelry, you may not be able to see these but . . it’s free to join so if you want to see them, you can join. These are some I picked out that make me want to start knitting this project now!
Looking through those Ravelry projects, I see all kinds of yarns I want to buy but I think I have some here that will work. Thank you, Nadita, for a fantastic design and for taking the time to write such detailed instructions.