Sari not so fail.
After three separate washings, the starch is not yet all out of the sari. I dried it overnight in the bath, and when I went to collect it yesterday evening, bits were stuck together with starch. I did my best to iron it, but the borders and fringe on the pallav are still very stiff.
Anyway. Thanks to the internets, I discovered many videos of people wrapping them in different ways, (all nivi-style drapes; I’m not feeling that ambitious yet), and with Sondra watching I made attempt #2. The back was not as lumpy as before, I can actually move my legs, and the pleats looked only mildly crappy. I will have to practice pleating the pallav and probably need to wash more starch out of it; I got the pleats in front to work right, but then because the bottom border was so stiff, it poofed out in a sort of bell-like fashion that did not suit me or the sari.
I swear I’ll post photos once I have (a) a real choli (t-shirts work reasonably well, but are not ideal) (b) mastered it to my satisfaction. However, I feel that for only two attempts ever, without another person’s assistance, I have done a satisfactory job for now.
In non-sari-related news: Remember these socks?
Well, I have not gotten anywhere at all on the socks (big surprise, I know), and since I hate 2×2 rib even more now than I did before I started these. In the interest of keeping me more or less sane, I’m ripping them out this very evening and making them Jaywalker socks, because those are fast and awesome with self-striping yarn (though I will do a cursory Ravelry search to see if there’s another pattern I can use – I don’t want to be boring).
Ripping out a frustrating project is so cathartic. I can’t wait.