August 24, 2010
and so it begins
I've always loved creating things. When I was a child I made macaroni noodle necklaces, egg-carton caterpillars, and even tried to attempt Barbie clothes. Unfortunately for me, the beautiful image I see in my head isn't what my hands create. What in my head looks like a stylish dress made out of a scrap of lovely pink shimmery fabric actually turns out looking like regurgitated bubblegum ice cream spewn all over poor helpless Barbie. This continued as I got older - creative collages of boy-band crushes to cover middle-school textbooks ended up making studly tween idols look mentally unstable, and attempts to modify thrift-store clothes to make them more stylish rendered them unwearable (note to self - lace can not fix ugly. in fact, lace makes ugly even uglier, no matter what).
Part of my problem is that I am impatient. As much as I love taking on large craft projects, my goldfish attention span moves on to something new and more exciting very quickly. This is why as I write this laying around my (not so large) house, there is an unfinished quilt (and by unfinished I mean I have made 3 squares), an attempt at making a latin-american style mola pillow, two halves of a knit purse (all i have to do is sew in a lining and put the two halves together...but I deemed it unnecessary and it has remained unfinished for three years), about 45 neckties in a trash bag leftover from a purse-making binge, a nearly complete sweater for my friends baby (who is now too big...I told myself I will finish it when another friend has a baby and give it to them- i hope its a boy), numerous single knit socks ranging from infant to adult (making socks is hard...as soon as you finish one you have to make another one!), and a beanie and a scarf that I have every intention of finishing soon. I know there are more, but the act of listing all of these monuments to my lack of focus is making me depressed.
Another looming issue is that I have no idea what I am doing most of the time. I tend to wing things, hoping that once I have all the supplies laying out in front of me I will be hit by some lightening bolt of understanding and will magically know how to create these wonderful things flying around in my head. That isn't the case... most of the time I end up covered in fabric scraps and glue, waving my arms up at the heavens screaming "whyyyyyy??!?!?!". Ok, that is a bit dramatic, but it neatly sums up how I feel internally when most things I try inevitably fail.
Here is an example:
Attempt at an amigurimi ghost (cute, right?!) that i pictured looking like this....
Not cute, right? In fact, it's a little creepy. I would include more, but it's a little embarrassing.
The point of this blog is mainly for myself (read: I'm not going to delude myself into thinking I will have readers). It is to encourage me to follow through with my newest crafting endeavor: spinning. I just learned the basics of this awesome craft last week, and already I feel myself pulling away from it and wanting to move on to something new and more sparkly. I need to focus!
Here is my lofty goal: to create my own yarn from start to finish. This means learning everything: how to spin, draft, dye, and eventually raise and shear fiber-bearing animals - sheep, rabbits or llamas (or all three!). Ready...set... go!