Lately, I have had an overwhelming need to avoid...stuff. I want to spend time sewing, but not fitting. I plan riding times, but not elaborate trail rides with others. Cooking is happening because one must eat, but menus are lacking variety. Isn't it interesting that the busier we are internally, the more we need to simplify our outer lives?
If you are still working, be prepared during retirement for the exact same angst which arises for you on Sunday evenings. The difference is that the feeling may arise at any time, Sunday being irrelevant to retirement, and you must learn to navigate the feeling without blaming yourself.
So, what do you do with that awful feeling? It surely helps to acknowledge it, and perhaps try to carve some quiet time into your schedule. For me, this feeling is a signal that I am moving toward a burst of creative work. That creative work needs me to manage the angst before emerging.
Here is an interesting article about mindfulness.
Of all the creative flurries swirling around in my head, one involves pattern manipulation. I am at that point in my sewing development in which pattern instructions are not necessary all the time, and I find myself just sewing. I have, though, sewed myself into corners from time to time and had to back out by ripping out!
Right now, I am interested in the design features of a garment and how they translate into a pattern piece. For example, this week I am finishing a Vogue top with a J shaped armhole. The binding pattern is only a straight bias strip. Why didn't Vogue include a shaped facing? The bias strip works in the fabric I am using, but it is awkward along the J curve.
I attended an ASG event in Tucson this month featuring Louise Cutting. What a great workshop! Love her designs, or not, you must admit there is lots to learn about patternmaking from working with her patterns. Here are a few in the queue for summer.
Another pattern I am anxious to try is this layered top by Lorianne Patterns.
We are continuing to improve our townhouse. The back yard is now graveled with pet friendly small gravel, and we are considering one more shrub. We want to keep the look very clean for a Zen feel, and also for safety. The shrubbier, the more snakey. I found a shed snake skin in the Arizona room the other day. I go in and out many times a day-this snake was completely invisible to me...eek.
More later this week...today I visit family in Phoenix. Happy sewing,