And it looks like this.
(Finished the second crown; need to embellish and write the pattern.)
And sometimes, on a good day, reality looks like this.
Which is good. Very good. I'm a damn good knitter. But that's the point. I'm a KNITTER. You know what?
Reality is, I'll never turn out stuff like this:
...that first one has a giant hand-embroidered peacock on it. In case you can't tell from the crappy photo I took out of a book. Yeah, I could buy some fabric and sew my own kimono. And I probably will. But this level of art? I'm betting the people who made those kimono spent AT LEAST as much time learning their craft as I have on knitting (twenty years) to get to that skill level. For many, the intricate work was ALL they did, every day, for a living. This was how they ATE, not some hobby to fool around with like my knitting is to me. So the fact is, I'm unlikely to ever have the skill to produce something like these kimono. I have admired work like this forever, and always wanted to make things like it. A voice in the back of my head always says "Where would you wear it?" but to hell with the Little Voice. It's not about the wearing, it's about the MAKING. So we're back to acts of creativity as a human need, and... and...
Hmmm. So. Kimono. Hmmmm. I'd need to practice on some other fabric, first. Hmmm. Christmas is coming up, for easy experiment unloading.