The end of one year and the beginning of another brings so much potential. It fosters well-meaning thoughts of making resolutions, or “setting intentions,” if you want to sound extra fancy. We start the way we mean to go and make promises to do some things less and other things more to create new, more virtuous versions of ourselves.
You won’t find me arguing against the practice or trying to convince you otherwise. Who can resist the idea of a reset?
Sonya is wearing: Radiance Shawlette by Tina Whitmore in Knitwhits Freia Handpaints Ombre worsted; Knitting Pure & Simple # 9725 Neck Down Cardigan for Women in Manos del Uruguay Classica; 100 Acts of Sewing Dress no. 1; pants (own pattern); and Maine Morning Mitts by Clara Parkes in Knitwhits Freia Handpaints Ombre worsted.
I think there’s no better way to get a start on the year than giving new things a try. It could be an unfamiliar food or an alternate route home from work. While there’s comfort in the familiar, it’s essential to shake things up from time to time. Different experiences help keep the curiosity keen. You never know, the new way might become your favorite way.
Bitterroot Shawl by Rosemary Hill in Twirl Twirling Petals; cardigan (own pattern) in Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk; Dress no. 1; and Pants no. 1.
Maybe you want to learn something for the first time, say (in a not very subtle hint), taking your first sewing class. Then again, it could be spoon carving, ballroom dancing or perhaps auto mechanics. We might desire learning to occur effortlessly, but that very seldom happens. The first time your brain and hands (or feet) coordinate in an unknown way, the result is bound to be awkward. When this happens, try to find the humor in it. Everyone needs to start somewhere, so find a way to laugh at your mistakes and then keep going.
Knitting Pure & Simple # 9724 Neck Down Pullover for Women (modified) in GGH Soft Kid; Dress no. 2; and Pants no. 1.
Hermaness Worsted (hat) by Gudrun Johnston in handspun by Kim Andersen; Indigo Shibori Scarf by Amy Lou Stein; Cria by Ysolda Teague in Abundant Yarn & Dyeworks superwash merino; Dress no. 2; and Pants no. 1.
It’s also important to recognize the progress you make. The more you repeat a task, the easier it becomes to identify the necessary sequence of steps from start to finish. This motor memory might take mere minutes, but often is longer. We self-sabotage when we think our efforts aren’t good enough, when they actually are steps in the learning process. The aim should be for proficiency and not perfection.
Daybreak by Stephen West in AVFKW Farm Series; February Lady Sweater by Pamela Wynne in Malabrigo Worsted; dress (own pattern); shirt (own pattern); and Pants no. 2.
With all this doing and making, it’s a good idea to find your people; they are your cheerleaders and play a vital role. They can live down the street, or maybe they’re in another country, but you connect on a daily basis through social media. If you think of it as an equation, you need less of the why-would-you-make-that-when-you-can-buy-one and more of the sort who think you are uniquely talented and offer encouraging words of support. This helps in turning set intentions into viable skill sets.
Wishing you a Happy New Year, and may 2018 be a creative one!