Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Part Two - Screaming Baby - The Sequel

Recently, I read an interesting statistic, the kind that makes you think about priorities, choices, and the shape of your to do list. It was that 85% of what we do, anyone could do - 10% of what we do, we could train someone else to do - and only 5% of what we do can be done by us alone. Those are the things most likely to get pushed aside when they are the most important for each of us to accomplish.




What are those things? They would differ in the details but otherwise they're probably similar for many of us. Only I can care for my holisitic health meaning the spiritual, emotional, physical, financial, and relational aspects of my life. Only I can care for my relationship with God, myself, family, and friends. And only I can do that thing that I'm passionate about - the thing (s) that nurtures the inner me. The statistic was in my study which went on to say that God doesn't care how busy we are, he cares if we did the things that he asked us to do - the 5%.




What discovery have you made about yourself recently that you found surprising? Why it took me so long to make the connection between the lack of clutter in my house and a dislike of clutter on my clothes, I don't know. That was surprising. And I've started to think differently about the length of time between when I first start to talk about doing some task and when I actually - hands on - get started. I used to want to do and then do right away and it doesn't work like that anymore. Perhaps because what I'm wanting to do creatively is more subjective than it used to be. There's no pattern or clearly defined path. What I've realized recently is that wanting to, talking it over, evolving it in my mind, making room for it in the schedule, and preparing to begin the hands on phase ARE part of the process which was somewhat of a relief to discover since...




... I thought it might be procrastination or fear and maybe it is on some level although it doesn't really matter what we label it because whatever it is, it's part of the process of getting from here to there. I know that I have been talking about creating textile jewelry for at least eighteen months. It was my goal for January 2012 and yet I seemed to be going nowhere until I realized that I am doing the work because even though I haven't physically been producing pieces, I have been noting jewelry shapes, gathering materials, formulating ideas, reading books, finding ways to merge textiles and jewelry, and evolving designs in my head. These are theory stages, the prep stages, the ones before you sit down and actually do the making work because...




... that's the stage where self control and discipline and determination come in. You have to keep your butt in the chair day after day, ugly piece after ugly piece, until your skills and abilities begin to develop. This too is part of the process - any process of creation. It's the learning stage. It's itchy, anxious just as it's exciting, challenging. We experience it whenever we move in new directions. It's a stage we work through until the tasks become more easily accomplished. What have you done recently that's itchy anxious?

My coat is finished. I'm pleased with how it turned out and how it fits. Making it was the other side of itchy anxious - flow - when your hands move with ease while your mind bubbles with creativity. It's a reminder to me that the learning stage is worth working through. The piece feels like me and has some of those moments that show up in my textile art - in particular the buttons and lining. I definitely want to do more of this kind of work.




This frog-like shape may not look like much but it's the two fronts and the back of the baby sweater seamed together at the shoulders. Not only is that a major accomplishment of Day Two - Screaming Baby - The Sequel but I knit the right front three times. The first time, I noticed that not only were the buttonholes not evenly spaced, there weren't enough rows. The second time, I'd knit the entire side only to note that I hadn't cast on enough stitches and had knit the right front one size smaller than all the other pieces. The third time, it was correct. Thankfully. Today... perhaps.. sewing on the sleeves and maybe a collar. It depends...




... on screaming baby. Isn't he cute... at the end of the day... in a rare moment of silence. For this too, we give thanks.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - one completely and correctly knit right front

18 comments:

  1. Love, love, love your coat - fit is great, and you look so happy in it. I know what you mean about the itchy-anxious thing. That's part of why I sew formal wear - although I think I might be over it. I feel like I have come to the end of it this year, so I may be done. In January it seems like a good idea, but now it feels like it's getting in the way of my own growth. It just isn't jazzing me the way it used to. So maybe it is time for a change...again...

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    1. Thank you. Other than it looks more winter than spring and fall, it's wonderful.

      If formal wear is wearing off (fun pun) what is making you itchy/anxious to be next? Do you know or are you just starting to explore possibilities?

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  2. I LOVE the coat - it is so YOU.

    I had a boyfriend who said that ideas needed to move from the back of my brain to the front. I would start disagreeing with him on something and with time, I'd come around. I just needed to ponder all of the angles and possible outcomes before being okay with it. Creativitity can be like that too.

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    1. Thanks.

      LOVE that thought - that ideas need to move forward. I've realized that more than one thing needs to be in place, that ideas also have to find their slot in your routine and that can take both discipline and time.

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  3. Gorgeous coat! GORGEOUS! It fits beautifully and I love the colors. Baby boy is adorable too :)

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    1. Thank you. It's one of those pieces that you're super pleased with.

      We got the cutest picture of adorable sleeping baby today to send to his Dad. LOL - perhaps we should have sent the screaming one so he could appreciate what he's missing.

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  4. Oh, the coat is so beautiful. The back is beautiful in the very graceful way it falls into such a luxurious fullness at the hem, and the front is beautiful in the striking simplicity of the collar and front placket.

    Adorable baby, but I'm not jealous of the screaming!

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    1. LOL - thanks. I agree. It came together well.

      What ? ? ? you don't wish you could do the screaming part. Hard to imagine - VBG.

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  5. I finally figured out--that for me--there is a link between being an introvert and having a long incubation period for ideas/decisions/new directions. Then once things are fully hatched, I'm ready to rock and roll. But the incubation is essential, and cannot be hurried. Your coat is beautiful--graceful and artistic--and seems to suit you wonderfully. Elle

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    1. VERY interesting. I've always been aware of needing space but as I've aged I've become more aware of characteristics associated with introversion or perhaps I've embraced them more as my self confidence and self acceptance have grown. A link between introversion and incubation makes sense. Like you're describing when I'm ready, I'm ready even though I may think that I'm - finally - ready a few times before I actually am. It feels like ready until I feel the real ready and then I wonder how I confused them. If that makes any sense.

      Thanks for the compliments on the coat.

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  6. I haven't posted before but I had to say, "What a stunning coat!" It's beautiful!

    Just a thought about the unhappy baby: It took me a while to figure it out but when my son was an infant he always cried and "complained" after nursing when I had had a glass of milk or some ice cream. When I cut out milk, he was fine. (When he turned a year and had his first taste of cow's milk, he got hives and screamed. The pediatrician then confirmed that he was allergic to milk! He outgrew it after a few years.)

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    1. Thank you.

      Thanks also for the milk info. I've passed it along to my daughter.

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  7. Absolutely, positively love the coat! The pops of green on the trim and turned back cuffs are fabulous.

    You description of ugly piece after ugly piece describes how I felt roughly 8 years ago learning to sew and fit knit fabrics. Now that's about all I sew and thankfully I'm well past that stage but an ugly pops up every now and then!

    Cute baby but you can have the screaming part!

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    1. Thank you. I really like those green touches as well and LOVE the buttons.

      Congrats on working through the knit curve. It's always an encouragement to new endeavors to remember that we made it through previous ones.

      He's screaming less today. This is good.

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  8. Beautiful coat and beautiful post! Lots of thought provoking ideas. I started writing you a longer email but didn't want to wait too long before saying how perfectly the coat fits you--in every way. Congratulations and I hope it is the first of many explorations.

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    1. Thanks Kathy. I'll look forward to your email.

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  9. first of all, that is a stunning coat. You will get tons of compliments and wear it forever. It is so slimming how it skims your waist. You must feel such a great accomplishment finishing this even if it isn't winter.

    I like that, incubation. Its not a UFO, is just in incubation! I have a stunning wardrobe in the incubation stage.
    I think creative ideas need to gell. My right brain stews while my left brain flexes (at work) and they work things out together later.

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    1. Thank you. I definitely do like the way it feels on. It was supposed to be a spring/fall coat so the fabric is actually lighter than it looks. I think the collar says winter but it also says block the wind so this is good.

      Incubation is a great phrase. A good one to learn.

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Thanks for commenting. I appreciate the feedback and the creative conversation.