In Memory of my Bullseye Blanket

This was my beautiful first and only finished crocheted blanket. The Bullseye pattern was super fun to do and I loved the finished product. In my earlier post about it I talked about the need to block it.

” It has not been blocked and desperately needs to be, but I’m showing it (and using it!) anyway.”

I also talked about the need to be able to wash it…

 “I used Cascade 220 Superwash Wool because it will be used and I really wanted to be able to wash and dry it easily. It is an affordable version of wool so that also helped. I haven’t actually washed it yet so we will see…”


NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is what I said when I pulled it from the washer.

Well I now know this:
1. The gentle cycle is not actually  GENTLE
2. Cascade 220 Superwash yarn is not actually WASHABLE
3. I STINK at tying in the ends!

There were about 5 squares that survived, but they have their tails coming out.

I’m heartbroken that my Bullseye blanket has fallen apart. At this point I don’t think I can revive it. I may try to convert the surviving squares into pillow cushions so they don’t go to waste. The only thing I think I could or should have done differently is to leave much longer tails for weaving in and/or tie tighter knots. Well, that and to NEVER PUT ANYTHING I CROCHET INTO A WASHING MACHINE!

I’ll survive this little setback, but I admit it’s quite a blow to my ego. Life is like that, right? This isn’t world hunger, poverty, disease, etc. It is art, and art is a learning process! I will pick myself up, dust myself off and NOT start all over again. ;-)

Have you had any crafting disasters?
Did you start again?
Did you learn something from the experience?

I’m leaving you with a smile and  the reality that life in blogland is not always pretty! Here IS a pretty picture until next time.

Have a great day!

8 comments

  1. Nancy Vance says:

    So sorry about your washing machine disaster! It’s a real bummer to loose your handiwork like that. However, you’ve learned a valuable lesson and now have the opportunity to make another beautiful creation. Have a good day!

  2. Cristal @ Dapple Design says:

    Oh no! That IS disappointing. I’m no expert at the practice of crochet, but I did make a sweater for my little girl last Christmas. It’s starting to unravel a bit on one sleeve after a year of toddler wear and washes, but that’s not so bad as I feel we’ve had our use of it. Better luck next time.

    • Jeanette @ methedrowsybee.blogspot.com says:

      After studying the catastrophe I have come to the conclusion that it’s not the yarns fault. I really need to tie tighter knots and leave much longer tails for weaving in. Also, NEVER put anything crocheted in the washing machine. Hand wash only from now on. Thank you so much for the visit I love your blog and would love to see Vancouver Island. I’ve been to the big city for a couple of days before getting on a cruise to Alaska. We’ve always wanted to come back!

  3. Bec R says:

    Oh Jeanette, that’s terrible! It looks like your machine really munched it up and spat it out again :-( I have washed handmade knitted and crocheted blankets before, on a wool cycle which is similar to a gentle or delicate. I also pop it into a pillowcase with a knot tied on the end so that it keeps it together and doesn’t pull and tug as much as it washes. I hope it won’t put you off making another blanket – this one was so beautiful – I love your colour choices!

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