Friday, July 1, 2016

Playing The Movie

HAPPY BIRTHDAY - it's Canada Day. We're 149 years old and moving toward our 150th celebration next year. It's one of those significant, taking stock, see how we're doing, kind of numbers. I know not everyone thinks this way but, personally, these moments of reflection are good... especially if they help me get where I want to go.




Playing the movie... We act as if the present is all there is; we forget that the future is going to come either way. It's not an option. The question is what do you want your life to look like on that day? The "movie" is not optional but the where the plotline goes is
. - Henry Cloud, 9 Things You Simply Must Do to Succeed in Love and Life.

My study this week talked about playing the moving which means to take a good  look at our decisions and actions and play them forward to see the positive or negative outcomes and decide if that's what we actually want in our lives. Some things just don't go together like spending all our money now and having a financially secure retirement or eating chips and chocolate and being healthy. Really seeing the inevitable outcome can motivate us to make the changes needed in the now to have the benefits wanted later.




When I moved here, I joined two knitting groups and I'm really enjoying the friends I've made and well as the opportunities to get out and socialize. It keeps me from being too much of a hermit. I always seem to have two projects on the go - one suitable for knitting in public and one that's a bit more complicated for at home. This week, I worked on mittens using Red Heart's free Mittens for All pattern. It's totally out of season to be knitting warm fuzzy mittens at the end of June but they're great for not concentrating too hard. I knit two at a time on two circular needles so when I was done, I was done. YES YES!




I'm working on another knitting bag and this one is definitely for me. LOL - it told me so and I'm patting it which is always a good sign. The bag started with the same quilted strip but has gone in a totally different direction than the first one. I cut the strip into four equal lengths and then zigzagged them together by butting the edges. 


 


For the top edges and sides, I recycled some soft denim from an old pair of jeans by layering it with backing and batting and quilting in either long channels (side) or a grid pattern (top). Strips of denim were used to cover the joins between the sections and appliqued in place with lime thread.




The black and lime batik used for the lining and for an accent strip is the very last bits of my favourite fabric. My last knitting bag is almost fifteen years old and still in such great condition that its new owner should get at least that much time again so... if this bag is going to be with me forever... it may as well incorporate my favourite fabric rather than holding it precious and never using it.

Getting to those projects that have been waiting a while - like the ones in the Bits & Pieces of Potential Boxes that I'm now working through - and using special fabrics rather than holding them precious are parts of the movie I'm playing forward. There are no guarantees of longevity or good health in life nor even of having our stash for as long as we anticipate. Fires and floods do happen. I never got around to it and now it's gone is not a regret I want to have. What about you?

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - living in a wonderful country

10 comments:

  1. I too keep bits and pieces and find them very inspiring. Mine are perhaps less well stored than yours, and as I work full time I have limited creative time. I mostly make bags and cushions which I sell for charity at various events through the year, though I sometimes branch out into other things. I find I go in phases where I make a big pile of cushions all different but related and then I make lots of shopping bags, then earrings or Christmas decorations etc. Moving between the types of media seems to help keep the creativity going. It dries up completely when someone tasks me with sewing of their choice rather than mine.

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    1. YES - I know exactly what you mean about it dries up completely when it's someone else's choice. I have the same issue and even with books. If I didn't ask to read it and they think I should, never works. Time constraints - or limitations of any kind - can actually make a person more productive. That's one of the reasons I like some kind of boundary to work within.

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  2. Fires and floods....and moths & other insects, mildew, rodents, pet accidents, vindictive (or simply unthinking) decluttering relatives, or simply your own changing tastes...

    Yet it's all to easy for me to wait for that perfect project, or for my skills to rise and overcome the fear of ruining the prize stash item. I should, at least put the precious stash items out where I can admire and think about it and hug and pet it now and then.

    I'm not normally a lover of the lime color, but I'm *really* liking it on this bag!

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    1. OH... I hadn't thought about moths because I haven't had to deal with them before but they are here where I'm living now. LOVE your idea of putting the favourites out where you can admire and pet them. I bet that would get them sewn faster. There's only a little lime on this bag. I think it adds the zing but them I'm really biased in favour of lime.

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  3. What a good idea to knit the two mitts at once!
    I love your knitting bag, your idea of the strips and trim makes it beautiful and, I LOVE the lime green.

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    1. I've done two socks on two circular needles before so it seemed like a good way to go about it. I'm hoping to finish the knitting bag Sunday or Monday after my husband goes back to work. It's looking great so far. Right now I'm working on a lime with black polka dots pocket for the inside.

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  4. I was cutting out tops last night and had the exact thought that you have mentioned here--the tops will be nice casual tops (the tops I make seem to be nice tops to wear to work or for "going out" and the others I have are ratty tops to wear around the house, no nice casual in between ones) and as I looked over the stash I realized I was "saving" most of it for something "special". But I can (and will!) always buy more fabric, so I dove in and used some nice cotton knit I bought a while ago. It was kind of liberating!

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    1. YES YES YES YES YES YES YES - good for you. I'm so glad you used the nice cotton. Enjoy wearing your tops.

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  5. I made a jean jacket out of that blue/green/mauve pique cotton and used lime green under collar. I've always felt it was a little too bold, but you've given me some ideas to refashion it. I am still very much attracted to it, but it does need toning down. Plus, it was a group project idea, as I don't wear jean jackets, I think I just wanted to learn some of the techniques and be part of the group. So, the jean jacket served its purpose; I've learned what I needed, so time to learn something new from that fabric.

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    1. Too fun. I'd love to see your before and after pictures. It's amazing how one fabric can take on so many personalities. Have fun.

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