One of the books I'm working through in my journal time is The Power of I Am: Two Words That Will Change Your Life Today by Joel Osteen. The author writes that what follows those two simple words - I am - will determine what kind of life you lead.
Working in the salon, there is plenty of opportunity to listen to the statements women make about themselves and about the world around them. I'm genuinely shocked by how negative a huge percentage of those statements are. Perhaps this is because of spending so many years working from home or perhaps it's because it's difficult for women to sit in front of a mirror BUT... whatever the cause... those statements are not positive or self nurturing. And that's not good.
If we think we can, we can and if we think we can't, we can't and if we think we are, we are and if we think we aren't, we aren't and that seems true in all areas of life from learning to do a task to aging well. Most often when I talk about knitting and sewing, I get back some kind of I can't statement and if that person thinks it's so, it is so. How interesting that if they changed the statement to I can sew or I can knit or even something like I'm in the process of learning how to knit or I'm learning how to sew, everything would change and new frontiers would open up.
I am thrilled with how smooth my return to hairstyling has been and, at the same time, aware that in the past I did very little colour work and that this is an area where I need to go back to the basics and learn from scratch. I can make working with colour into a mountain by using I can't statement or I can make it manageable with I am in the process of statements... which is what I'm doing. I'm in the process of learning about colour, about the salon's particular colour brand, and about what happens when different levels and conditions of hair and colour mix. I can do this.
Colour theory is completely familiar. I've used it many different ways. What's different here is that I'm not decorating a room around a theme, co-ordinating an outfit, or adding colour to white fabric. It's more along the lines of over-dying fabric where the outcome is a combination of the previous colour plus the new colour or of bleaching out fabric and seeing what the underlying colour is before applying a new one. And on real people. It's interesting, challenging, but not impossible and I think so many of us would benefit tremendously if our I am statements were positive, self nurturing, and growing.
Right now, I am doing more knitting than sewing. I have a much greater understanding of the journey Carolyn talked about with sewing and losing weight. It's not that I don't want to sew. I do and I am working on refashioning a dress into a sweater-coat however, it just makes sense to be a whole lot closer to my goal weight before I produce a wardrobe... or two... one for work and (a hair-less) one for outside of work... which is something I haven't done in over thirty years... had two wardrobes. Not just one; two.
I just finished knitting the Alpaca Merino Cape designed by Elizabeth Fallone for Estelle Yarns. The gauge - which isn't written on the pattern but I inquired - is 14 stitches equals 4" on 6mm needles. I combined the two grey yarns above and my gauge was 16 stitches equals 4" so I re-did the math to calculate the number of stitches I'd need. Before you say I could never do that - which is what so many people say when I make a comment along mathematical lines - make a more positive I am statement. Yes, you can do it. It works like this...
The pattern calls for 84 stitches and we know that 14 stitches equals 4". Divide 84 stitches by 14 to get 6 groups. Switch that from six groups of 14 stitches to six groups of 16 stitches, or 6 x 16, and that would mean casting on 96 stitches instead. That's it. Now knit.
With the Snowland Cardigan, the pink yarn all by itself created a fabric that was too limp and loose and the colour was perhaps a bit too bright for me so I decided to combine it with another yarn. I tried a few different ones that weren't quite right before using a...
... a thinner yarn with a pinky-peach overtone. The two look fabulous together however, as I got further into the skein, the pink tone turned to a beige one and then to a green-ish one. By that time I was committed so I finished knitting all the pieces and they're ready to block. I'll sew the cardigan together and see what I think. The pink yarn is an acrylic/nylon blend. The second yarn is cotton so I could over-dye the beige and maintain the pink. This is a bit like hair - LOL.
For the dress to sweater-coat refashion, I am working on the sleeves. I've tried two ideas for turning the three-quarter length into full length and neither was what I wanted so now I'm exploring adding a cuff like detail. Once I figure the sleeves out, I can decide about the buttons, any added embellishments, potential painting details, and finish up.
I wore the sparkly grey capelet on Wednesday and it received a lot of compliments. It's easy to knit and easy to wear and adds a little something special to any outfit. Mine is knit from yarn but it could also be sewn from a knit and that could be interesting.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - today I am wearing another size smaller jeans