Being Frank…

Accepting my failings

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One of my worst habits is putting things off…often this is due to fear, fear of screwing something up, fear of making a mess of things and of ruining the materials…I am very good at finding reasons not to do things, telling myself “oh I can’t do that until I’ve done this”.

Sometimes though you just have to seize your fear and go for it…like the time I kept putting off decorating a 3 bedroomed house because I was scared of messing up wallpapering…I finally had to accept that no one was going to appear magically and do it for me (although my parents did wallpaper a room for me as a surprise for me when I was on holiday for which I was very very grateful) so I bought some plain lining paper and took the plunge.

I have this with sewing, except I am not scared of sewing, I enjoy sewing. What I am scared of is spending time on making something only for it to look terrible when I put it on…you see, since Spider was born I have been suffering from a “jelly belly”, my tummy muscle are completely shot and a liking for Gin (with full fat tonic) and red wine is not improving things much…I’m also scared of other people making things for me, my Mum has been waiting for me to trace off  pattern for her so that she can make me a skirt…she’s had the material waiting and ready for 10 months now…

Anyway, I can’t keep avoiding the issue, I have to jump into the abyss (because I have virtually no clothes, and the few that are in my wardrobe have been worn to death) …there must be a skirt out there that will look good, that doesn’t draw attention to the mummy tummy…so what I would like to achieve at some point over the year is  the Perfect Skirt…



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The problem with resolutions

Resolutions, at least making them, gives you that glow of virtuousness…which lasts right up until you find yourself faced with the need to uphold your resolution.

So it was last Tuesday when, having resolved that for every new project I wanted to start I should finish 2 existing projects, I found myself struggling with the desire to cast on something new and exciting when deep down I knew I should be sewing on buttons (have I mentioned how much I detest sewing on buttons…and don’t get me started on buttonholes !)

Sat on the sofa grouching away I consoled myself with a wee dram of whiskey and some chocolate and then remembered I had given up both chocolate and alcohol (except on Fridays)…bah !

So with much bad grace I dug out a sweater and without enthusiasm sewed a few ends in.

Next morning in a hurry to find something for the train I dug even deeper in the project basket and unearthed a sock…long abandoned when I could ignore no longer the fact (which I knew when I cast it on) that I didn’t have enough yarn to finish it… I grabbed the socks with a joy more related to the fact it wasn’t a “button” project than enthusiasm for the knitting…and headed off to work.

Result a week later:

Knitting: 3 out of 9 projects finished. Progress on 3 more

Sewing: 1 out of 4 completed

Crochet : 0 out of 2

So I guess resolutions can have their uses… even if I am hating having to be good and stick to them.

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Good Intentions

I tried to do a post last night reviewing 2011 and looking forward to 2012 but WordPress wasn’t playing ball and now I’m living the next year the golden haze has somewhat worn  off last nights good intentions.

Last year my aims were:

– Re-learn to sew

– Learn to crochet

– Lose weight and make myself over

– knit more things for me

Most of these aims will have a post of themselves at some point in the next month…I think I’ve probably been 50% successful.

On the sewing aim I think I’ve moved from being a relearning beginner to intermediate and (thanks to a lovely girl) I work with I have managed to grasp the basics of crochet.

Losing weight just didn’t happen at all and as for knitting for myself well all those retirements and 40th birthday present meant that didn’t happen either (I spent the last hours of 2011 knitting like a demon to try and finish the last 40th present off )

So in 2012 I am going to be a little bit selfish, more things made for me and that does mean jumpers and other clothes (yes even some sewing). Losing weight is again a top priority (because mentally and physically I just feel like a slug)  and as part of that I finally took my measurements (now you know why some of the golden glow has gone !).

The unofficial aim of 2011 of knitting a sock  a month sort of worked (until September when it all fell to bits) if you argue it was really an aim to use up 100g of 4ply a month ! So I’m going to continue with that but this time it will be socks (because I don’t inflict them on other people).

I also want to try and complete the Vintage Style for Kids sewing but those e patterns are working out hard to print out to the correct measurements so I may take some liberties…

The garden also needs to be taken by the scruff of its neck and shaken into order…

I want to read more too…

But mainly, and this is why the targets are quite vague, I want to have fun…what with one thing and another last year it was quite difficult to have fun…but this year fun with the family and spending time together doing things (rock climbing again perhaps…it’s been almost 7 years…) takes priority.

Which means one thing…I need to be better organised !