26 January 2010

Just Let It Go

On Sunday, I was sitting in front of the TV watching the Jets-Colts game and grading papers. While grading, the brand new green gel pen I bought (in a pack of other additional colours) began to skip and act as if it was out of ink. No matter what I did, the pen just would not write. Annoyed, I rose from my comfortable seating position, went to the office (only to immediately hear the game's commentators announce some major play), and retrieved another pen. I sat back down, maneuvered myself into another comfortable position, motioned for my dog to sit beside, and resumed grading. About 20 minutes later, the new green pen began to write like the last one. Grrr. I got up, slammed the papers down, retrieved both pens and tossed them in the trash.

Before this moment, I would have attempted to save those pens and make them write at some later time. I have oodles upon oodles of pens that are waiting for me to help make them work properly. It was at that moment that I realized letting go of these two stupid pens was completely okay. It was okay not because I can afford to buy new pens or because I have some space to house the two that don't work. It was okay because I no longer have to deal with any mental attachment or connection to those pens. I know that sounds weird, but the lesson I learned applies to more than just those two menial objects.

I am enduring some difficult personal drama at the moment. This drama all but consumes my mental, physical, emotional energy. Couple that with the stresses of everyday living and I am on edge - I mean Grandmaster Flash don't push me 'cause I'm close to the....EDGE...edge. Throwing out those pens, as futile as that may seem, made me realize that there are some things that are just not worth holding on to: pens, fabric, people, relationships, etc. At some point, one must realize that if letting something go makes you less of a nut, then do it. Trust me, the world is in no immediate shortage of stressed out folks.

So, whatever it is you're holding on to, let it go. Just let it go. I am no guru. Tomorrow, I may be saying something different. I know that in this moment, this is what is. Some parting words from Deepak Chopra:

“Be willing to stop judging against yourself. Bad urges don’t make you a bad person.”


23 January 2010

Small Capsule Plans

One of my sewing intentions for this year is to sew coordinating wardrobes of 3 - 4 garments. I have found that I tend to lose interest in large wardrobes or focused sew-alongs after a while. Though I am committed to finishing what I started, my interest wanes so much so that my enjoyment is not as big as it was in the beginning. Plus, I ran into a habit of making single items that did not really coordinate well with anything else in my closet. So, I've decided to focus on sewing a small number of garments that match in a set. Hopefully, I'll be able to get a nice working wardrobe while keeping my interest in sewing the items high.

Here's my first capsule of the year:

Starting on the top row, I have:
  1. grey, red, cream ITY knit from Fashionista Fabrics (simple short sleeved top, NL 6735)
  2. red wool blend woven (vest, S2556)
  3. grey, white red pinstripe polyester blend stretch suiting (pants, S2860; about 50% done)
  4. cream slinky knit (short sleeved top or tank top, Jalie 965
  5. red, cream, grey acrylic knit (cardigan, S2560)
  6. not pictured - grey polyester-wool blend (pants, S2860; finished)
We have exams coming up in a couple of weeks, plus I'm starting a new semester in ceramics class on Saturday. Though I cannot devote a whole day to sewing like I did last semester, I am finding some time to do little things. Yesterday, I made the belt loops for the second version of S2860. Today, I'll read over the instructions for the vest and cardigan.

Be well everyone!


06 January 2010

2010 Sewing Intentions

Merry New Year!

In a conversation with a dear friend earlier today, we talked about resolutions and goals. She mentioned that instead of making new year's resolutions, she makes intentions instead. To me, the word 'resolution' sounds so formal and binding. Besides, the only NY resolution I made was to never make another one. So far, so good. =)

Anyway, I do have some sewing intentions that I will work toward this year:

1. Fit a woven blouse. This feat is always at the top of any list I make. I have struggled for some time now, yet I refuse to give up. I have some new ideas that I plan to try, so I am optimistic.

2. Find new homes for more of my stash. Though last year was a good sewing year for me, I bought way more fabric than I sewed. There are about five boxes of fabric that I no longer love and need to let go.

3. Sew more from the stash.

4. Make a coat.

5. Make 4-garment wardrobe capsules. I participated in the 10-garment wardrobe contest on PR this year. Even though that was a great and rewarding experience, it was very tiring and I ended up losing steam near the end. Four garments is manageable. Plus, I can quickly build up a wardrobe by using one piece of a capsule as the anchor to the next capsule.

6. Learn how to do collars and collar stands. This goes hand-in-hand with the fitted blouse thing.

7. Make more dresses!

What are your intentions?


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