I've been holding off on posting anything about my back tack adventures because I'm just hopeless at the teaser thing. I'm trying to learn (see post below on knit project 2), but really I was nervous I'd let too much out of the bag or not enough, or something. But today my back tack buddy let me know my softie had arrived so I'm free to blab all I want.
So here's the wabbit. I can't remember a time I agonised over a softie like I did with this one. I agonised over the pattern, the fabric, the clothing, which additional colour...it went on and on and on. Pathetic!
And the root of all this anxiety is the incredible legacy of back tack. I first caught sight of back tack in the middle of wave 2 last year and I was so utterly gutted I was too late to join in that I have been in hyper anticipation of back tack 3 ever since. I so wanted to join in and I so wanted to make a really really good softie.
I had this B&W hatch fabric in mind from the very start, to me it is the essence of B&Wness. But it's not the kind of fabric I usually use for softies, I'm more a felt and knit chick. But a pure white it is pretty hard to come by in good felt. So I was wavering.
And add to that the whole pattern thing. In the start I was really keen on trying a new pattern, but I kept coming back to some of my favourites and wondering how important was it to go with the flow, to join in the uniformity? I figured the whole point was to join in so it would do me good to limit myself to one of the supplied patterns.
I decided early on I wasn't going with pointy kitty, I figured it wasn't my kind of softie. Love the pattern, just not me I thought. [Although last week whilst sitting in a restaurant I glanced across and saw a pointy kitty on the table next to us. Yep, you guessed it - a fellow back tacker out to dinner! Hi Osci Bear. And I LOVE pointy kitty and can't imagine why I didn't think it was me. I'm making her now Hilary!].
And I flip flopped for weeks before settling on the BHG rabbit. At first I was a bit perturbed about the proportions on the finished critter - the feet and arms were so much bigger than I expected and the head so much smaller. And the fabric I used was so thick and stiff that there were a few moments there I was thinking I had really stuffed it. So to speak.
So I decided to go with the freaky proportions thing and give wabbit some chunky big shoes and a long coat, sort of 70s style.
So I ended up a very long way from where I thought I was headed and I think that's a good thing. One of the strongest recommendations for participating in a great community event like back tack is the way it encourages you to do things differently, to try something new, to operate within constraints you normally ignore.
So thanks Nicole and Alison for your wonderful ideas, your organising, your presistence and your encouragement of connecting us crafters. Where do I sign up for Back Tack 4?