Even with all that reflective white snow, this picture is dark BUT... I haven't posted me wearing anything in a long time and I thought you'd like to see one of my favourite outfits. The pants are Marcy's out of print Vogue 8397 and the top is her Vogue 9057 - view A - with a purchased sweater and scarf. The necklace is pure perk-me-up glitter.
I'd hoped to have my Butterick 6138 top finished only I made a mistake with the alterations and the left front was two inches too long when compared with the facings. I walked the pattern, found my error, and corrected it, which luckily could be done, and have only the hem and the buttons left to do. Hopefully, I'll post it next week. It's turning out great.
More than five years ago - which I know because of my photo filing system - I bought some hand dyed rayon and some indigo dyed cotton and then I knit them together... un-knit and knit them again... un-knit and re-knit them again... and again... and then tried to separate them with no success... and reknit them again and...
... they have finally found a resting place. The sweater above left is the first iteration. It's was nicely done but felt boring and aging on me. Since the yarn was so nice, I wanted to make it into something else and that started a - very - long journey. Yesterday, I wore the capelet at right with a black top, jeans, and jewelry and I loved it.
It's similar to the one I posted previously except I changed the turtle neck to a rolled edge, did three repeats of the lace edging, and used a larger needle size. The other one is a gift; this one is for me. I like the end result and I'm glad I won't be knitting this yarn again. Ta da - DONE!
I've been painting our floor. The image above right is NOT my house. It's an inspiration photo. A month or so ago, we sanded the floor intending to stain it a lighter color only the sander broke before we finished the job but luckily after all the varnish was off. Sanding floors is unbelievably messy and I couldn't face the idea of all that dust again so I decided to paint the floor... black.
And then I decided the black was too black so I played with different glazing ideas. And then I did the glazing and it's a technique for a smaller area where you can maintain a wet edge so I painted over it with black since I had a gallon of black paint. And then I put on a coat of clear and I liked the way the grain showed. And then I decided to finish the floor all in black, live with it for a while, and see what I think. It certainly looks sophisticated in this inspirational room although I'm going to need a good vacuum - LOL - or an amazing broom.
Painting has limited my time in the studio but I have been doing a lot of knitting especially when Howard is here and we want to be together. I started this sweater by picking up some yarn and one size smaller than the recommended needle size since I knit loose and casting on the maximum number of stitches from a child's pattern. From there, I developed the design bit-by-bit using my favourite stitches and what I thought might look good next.
After six inches, I measured the width, compared it to the measurement chart, picked the corresponding size, and used those vertical measurements to continue working on the sweater. I'm most of the way to finishing it and what fun to just randomly knit. Have you ever done that? Two of the things I'm working on with my coaching is taking my approach to sewing into knitting and combining knitted pieces with woven fabrics. It's exciting and I'd love to show you a finished piece only I don't have one... yet... but soon... hopefully.
Letting go obviously has several meanings. Letting go of the past; letting go of grief. But surely the most resistant is letting go of fixed ideas. Keeping our minds open to a future we can't see.
Another of my coaching assignments was to create a collage of the woman I am becoming. It contains a lot of words and quotes including the one above. The collage is posted above the project baskets in my studio where I can see it every day. The smaller basket at left is for the jewelry piece I'm working on and the larger one at right has the top in progress as well as a cut out dress. Typically as the new year approaches, I finish up the singular project I'm working on, make sure there are no UFO's in the studio, and begin something that will take me into the new year with energy and excitement. Not this year.
This year, I am entering the new year with energy and excitement and I am also entering it differently because the same old, same old doesn't interest me. I want different results and so I'm learning to work differently. I have several projects on the go and all of them are interesting and all of them are either waiting their turn as I rotate through what I'd like to work on today or waiting for an answer to appear in order to take their next step. I've always believed that I could only work on one project at a time and it wasn't true. With effort, I've found a way to let go of that idea and the change has been energizing. What a fabulous benefit. What fixed idea could you let go of to open up your future?
One resolve for the new year is to make a priority of spending time in the studio with no attachment to the outcome, pure and simple play time! - Marcy Tilton
Like Marcy, I want to spend time in the studio playing with no attachment. Time to play will not just appear. It needs to be taken, arranged, made to happen. Play is the nurturing energy that we all so badly need in order to fulfill all our roles and responsibilities and yet it's the "gas" we so rarely put in our "gas tanks". Running on empty won't get us very far.
In my opinion, play should be much, Much, MUCH higher up on our priority list - so high up, so important, that we model it to our children in the same way that we teach them other responsibilities. One of the things I feel very strongly about is the overworked and under-fun-ed state of most of our lives. Life should not be all about work and stuff. Life is about relationships including the one that you have with yourself, the one where you explore who you are, who are you are becoming, and the special skills and abilities God gave you. What will you do differently in 2016?
Along with my life, the blog has gone through much ebb and flow this year. Thank you so much for understanding, for your support and encouragement, and for sharing my journey. It's much appreciated.
Happy New Year - Myrna
Grateful - a good year, a new year