Wednesday, February 10, 2016

All Is Lost

Your success came from God and from inside you - what God put inside you, how he gifted you, the opportunities he put in front of you, and what you have developed: your heart, your mind, your soul, your strength, your talents, your energy - all of which are still there.

The quote above is from Henry Cloud's book Never Go Back. It's full of practical, every day, common - but somehow uncommon - advice that makes life so much easier when we truly grasp it. In the quote above, he's talking to a client who is facing being downsized out of a job he'd worked particularly hard to get, was good at, and loved. The client sees everything as lost. Henry is explaining that all the reasons he got that job in the first place still exist and will move with him to whatever comes next. It resonated. I remember that all is lost feeling and how overwhelming it was when I lost a job I loved. It was as if I'd worked so hard, for so long, and all for nothing. Those overwhelming feelings made me reluctant to try again and yet there's another point in that paragraph, the phrase and what you have developed.  It reminds me to keep growing my skills and sharing them and to keep looking for the opportunities that will be put in front of me.

In our last coaching session, Diane asked me to take the best of the pendants I'd made, compare it to my (current) favourite necklace, and look at the differences. Right away, I can see that one is open and the other tightly closed, one is dull and the other reflective, one is more three dimensional and the other more two dimensional. It's interesting learning and leads to the question of is it possible for me to achieve with fabric what I like in jewelry and if so, how? Right now, I'm taking a break from jewelry and focusing on clothing but it's an interesting question to ponder.

I sewed a second version of Butterick 5925, this time focusing on the pockets and seam lines. I raised the hemline on the pocket 1 1/2" so that the double rows of stitching on the pocket hems and the t-shirt hem would create a design element. I top stitched the side seams for the same reason. Even though I had fused, turned, pressed, and pinned the hemline, it didn't lay flat. There are ripples, there and along the side seams. I'm not happy with the results but even if the t-shirt can't be rescued, the fabric can and can become something else. The "all is not lost" aspect of refashioning is a wonderful thing.


When I was at the thrift store the other day, I found a second sweater in the same color as the one I'd pulled apart the week before. Since this "new" sweater had the same small cable pattern that was so complicated, I knew for a fact that I wouldn't be unraveling it but I bought it anyway because I am working on learning how to successfully combine yardage and knitting into one garment. This is a fabulous starting point, especially for the $2.50 total. I've already spent 7 1/2 hours pulling the one sweater apart. That's $0.33 a hour in entertainment time and going down! ! ! LOVE THAT. There are so many ways to entertain ourselves with creativity that are energizing and inexpensive. Even if what I end up with is not at all wearable, this is cheap entertainment, less expensive than going out for coffee, to a movie, for dinner, to lunch with a friend, or even reading a book.

I'm working on a prototype of my daughter's favourite purse. I have the zipper and handles to add and the lining to tack inside and it's finished. The fabric I'm using has a some stretch and that's creating issues. I won't do that again. This version won't have all the bling of the original because I don't want to spend that much time - or money - until I know that she likes how it turned out. The two way zipper was $26 but luckily 40% off this past weekend and even that price is okay if she loves it so much that she wears it out like the one I'm copying. I stole the original away for fear she'd keep using it - VBG - since it is far more tattered than this picture shows.

I'm making progress on the vest. I'm using a purple merino wool and silk combination yarn that I bought YEARS ago when I'd just returned to knitting. I can't remember what I paid for it but I do remember it was significantly reduced and that I couldn't figure out how many balls to buy so I bought them all - 32 in total. Without the sleeves, I'll use about fifteen on this project and if I add the sleeves, even more. Suddenly thirty-two doesn't look so unreasonable even if it was a "panic" purchase.

I bought two other sweaters at the thrift store - both beige. I want to over-dye them a more Myrna color and then work forward into a refashioned garment. But not right now. I'm busy until the end of the month. I have a friend visiting this week and then I'm off to snuggle my grandbabies and their parents. YES YES.


Last night, I cut out a version of Butterick 6136. I really like the princess seams and flattering lines of this t-shirt. The fabric I chose had an abstract stripe on it. Yardage was tight so the stripe is vertical on center front and back and on the sleeve and horizontal on the side panels. Hopefully that works or I'll have another pajama top... which is fine. It'll all work out somehow.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - all is not lost

1 comment:

  1. Hi Myrna, enjoying your blog.

    Maybe not the style you wanted, but have you looked at rolls of endless zipper with multiple pulls? You can turn one of the zip pulls round so it becomes 2 way, and cut the zip to whatever size you want. They work out to be very economical, and obviously jazzing up the pulls would be easy for you.


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