Friday, November 14, 2014

Like A Turtle Going Backward

Yesterday was one of those days when it's all you can do to move slow - like a turtle going backward - when nothing seems of great importance and what you'd really like to do is stay in bed or curl up by the fire with your knitting or a good book and just veg. And that's what I did. Some knitting. Some reading. A big pot of curry roasted cauliflour soup. And some sewing.

I worked on the Burda 8157 pants in purple paisley. The fabric is a fine baby cord with a percentage of spandex. I'm not sure how much although I know it's less than 5% because that's my rule but I bought this fabric so long ago that I can't remember. It's been ripening forever. Because of the spandex, and the absolutely wonderful half inch that I've lost on my hips recently - as in finally - I went down a size. These pictures are waistband-less. I wanted to wear...

... the pants for a bit and decide if I'd take in the side seams even more and - even though the front looks too tight in this image - I'm going to because after an hour of moving and sitting, they were a lot looser. To finish, I need to take in the side seams, sew the darts, add the waistband, and do the hems. That sounds like a lot but it won't take too long.

I really like this pattern. I think it works well for me. In fact, so well that the next time I was at Fabricland, I planned to pick up another copy for safe keeping only when I went to find the link I learned they've been discontinued so I need to take REALLY good care of this copy... and check at Fabricland asap just in case.

Today is homework day. Monday was my second coaching session with Diane and I have some questions to answer. We talk every other Monday so I try to think about and answer the questions and then send the information to her on the Monday in-between so we each have a week. This seems to be the exact right time in my life for coaching. I'm really enjoying the sessions and the learning and I can already see/feel the impact.

When I talked to Barb last night, she was feeling pretty banged up with some debilitating back spasms so she's not sure if she'll try to come again tomorrow. It sounds like perhaps what she needs is a week in bed and adjusting the time frame for her visit isn't a problem for me. Strangely, other than a few dates in December, my schedule is wide open for weeks which sounds quite lovely. It'll fill up with activities as time goes on but there are no major commitments and that's not such a bad thing. I find October to April a really productive time around the house and in the studio. It's good.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - lazy days, yarn, fireplaces

... the Principle of Priority which states (a) you must know the difference between what is urgent and what is important and (b) you must do what's important first. 
- Steven Pressfield, The War of Art


  1. These are great on you! I can see them in lots of fabrics with different tops and jackets! Great choice!

    1. Thanks. It'll be even better when they're finished.

  2. Looks great! I wasn't convinced about the fabric until seeing it made up--very you and very appealing!

    1. Thanks. I've tried to use that fabric two other times without success so I'm glad these are working out.


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