Friday, March 21, 2008

25% done?

Icosa Ball
Originally uploaded by Project Pictures
You'd think it would be easy to estimate how far along you are on a project that has 20 parts ... each part is an easy 5%, right? What about all the fiddly little finishing touches this project requires? Does 5% take into account seaming one part to the next? What about machine-sewing the pillow-form that goes inside, and stuffing it?

I'm approximately 25% done. That is, I've finished five triangles, and joined them together (using kitchener stitch--I'm getting MUCH better at this technique, and still only 26 more joins to go).

The Icosa Ball is fascinating on many levels. It's very mathematically minded, but at the same time you are constantly faced with aesthetic decisions, even on the repetitive triangles (how to get the increases to look nice, how to get the color joins even and smooth and deal with loose ends).

At the same time I like that it's so very modular, because I can set it down and slip another project in between doing triangles and get a break from doing the same thing over and over. I'm going to love getting this done, but I'm not sure I'll ever make another one... or if I do I might try and modify the pattern to be significantly smaller. I'm betting it would be just as cool without quite so many repeats in each triangle.

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