Tallin, It’s About Time

Let me tell you a story about the perfect storm of delays.

Last September I found myself at a local yarn shop event and I totally splurged on 3 skeins of The Fibre Co Tundra in the Red Fox colorway and the Tallin pattern to go with it. It was part of a KAL that ended at the end of Decemeber. Buying in September, it seemed impossible that I wouldn’t knit 360yds of bulky weight yarn in 4months. Well, as the story goes, I was involved in a few other projects and the start of this one got delayed. Then I heard that there were some issues with the chart for Tallin. So I wrote and inquired and got a very nice note back from the ladies at Kelbourne Woolens with apologies and assuring me they were in the midst of correcting the errors — if I remember correctly it was a transfer issues when switching to a new pattern format. Whatever the case, I got a corrected copy sent straight to my inbox within a couple weeks. It was handled super well, but by this point I was in the throes of Christmas knitting. So Tallin did get started until Christmas Eve.

It’s beautiful to be sure and I loved the knitting, but suffice to say I had family visiting and my poor Tallin did not get finished in time. I don’t usually miss deadlines, so it was kind of disappointing. I did get the knitting finished within a week or so of the deadline, but then it sat for… about 4 or 5 months waiting for buttons. I just felt so blah about this lovely cowl that I was completely unmotivated to really finish it.

Then a couple days after posting up about the Finish It Challenge, I saw Tallin from across the room. I walked over to it. I picked up the buttons. I found some matching thread and a needle. And I sewed on the buttons.

close upAnd voila. It’s done, a mere 7months beyond it’s deadline. It will make a great cozy cowl this winter and I already made mittens to match (they were done promptly, of course).

tallinIt’s one of those finishes that feels really good, like getting a monkey off my back. I didn’t manage my actual goal of finishing my Wayfarer scarf during the Finish It Challenge, but in a lot of ways sewing on these 5 buttons meant more to me. It’s pretty rare for things to sit in my house unfinished this long. ‘Pretty rare’ is being generous, it almost never happens, especially if I only have buttons left and I have the buttons in my possession.  I’m thankful I finally had the will & motivation to slide this one into the FO column. Fall and winter are just around the corner and I’m ready to give this cowl & its matching mittens for some long overdue use. It’s about time.

For more information on this project, check my Ravelry project page.

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