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Rejection: degrading? grounding? just life?

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I read a blog post today that made me think about how being rejected helps to shape you as an individual. Unfortunately that post did not allow comment, thus my musings here.  It spoke not of romantic rejection but of the rejection of a personal creation.  In that instance it was something turned down by a publisher.

Luckily I have not suffered the same rejection, I have only dabbled when writing. I have had the odd letter published in newspapers and when I was in my 20’s I wrote to a magazine with my views on infertility wishing to remain anonymous.  When asked by that magazine to be named I turned it down and thus rejected them.  At the time remaining nameless was absolutely necessary for me.

I have encountered job rejection, though not too recently. When younger, I moved on quickly and easily.  As I got older it took longer to get over it but eventually one does and often it can lead to something better.

I had my fair share of romantic rejection in the long and distant past (who didn’t?).  At times I thought my love life would be over forever (woe oh woe!). I kissed a few frogs before finding my prince unexpectedly, and we are still together many, many moons later.

I had never particularly thought of having something I’d made (or created) being rejected. Yes, I have knitted, sewn, painted things for Table Sales or for gifts.  Some things haven’t sold and I understand others weren’t as appreciated as I hoped they would be.  I guess you could of call those as being ‘rejected’. In fact sometimes the things I loved most were the things others didn’t like at all!

Rejection is part of life.  It happens to us all.  It’s how we deal with it that makes and shapes us.  Family, friends and a strong word to oneself helps.  There is no time limit to picking yourself up and feeling better.  It’s understanding why it happened and how you get past it.  It’s embracing the new opportunity you have been given.  It is a lesson to be learned at any stage, at any age.  We can all flourish after rejection.

 

 

 

 

 

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Crafting Q & A

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It’s Bank Holiday Monday and I have the blues.  Having returned from holiday I can’t get on with anything – even crafting!

I am joining in a Crafting Q&A by Nothing But Knit!  to try and inspire me.

1.Do you have a favorite crafting tool?

Currently slightly in love with my new tape measure – it’s pistachio green, lives in a clear circular pot with a lid, purchased in a French market.

2. Which do you prefer when you craft: listening to a podcast or music, watching something on tv or silence?

When knitting something simple, I like the tv on.  When sewing with my machine, I love to go through my cd collection and often find myself having a sing song along.

3. Do you have a favorite designer that you’d like to recommend?

Not really.  Sorry!  I would love to have one but choose designs by pattern rather than designer.

4. Most people have a favorite color, do you find you use it more than other colors? Is there a color you avoid? Why?

I use a lot of green when knitting and sewing – usually bold and vibrant, though not neon and definitely not sludge green.

I usually avoid black as it is harder to work with if the light isn’t good.  I recently tried knitting with black with silver glitter running through it and I still struggled to find dropped stitches and count rows!  It became an abandonned project!

5. Have you experienced a crafting injury? If yes, what.

As most knitters, RSI wrist injury from ‘just doing one more row’.  We all know how to sit properly and to take breaks but sometimes you’ve just gotta keep knitting!

Can I add a different craft style ‘injury’ ?  My poor car had a hole in it’s upholstery from a knitting needle – my craft bag got squashed into the back of a seat and punctured the leather.

Nothing much going on otherwise.  Next to me sits two craft bags of knitting projects.  One pattern has stumped me and I can’t face tackling it again today.  The other I am just fed up with and I am not sure I will like it when it’s finished.  I feel at least one of these will be frogged .. and the quilting project started before my holiday sits idling in another room – none of these are urgent, luckily!  Perhaps I need to choose more projects with a time frame planned.  I know I need to finish more rather than start new ones.  Mind you last week a niece confirmed she was having her second baby early in the new year, a little girl, so I can feel a pink or lilac project looming …

Bye for now.  Happy crafting!

 

Hastings, knitting WIPs and a little blue quilting

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I have said before that it has been a little too hot to knit in this heatwave. Luckily I have no deadlines for my plethora of WIPs or else I’d be in trouble. I have been able to progress a little on my sewing project – mid afternoon the workspace in my dining room is cool – so I have been taking up residence there and working on my quilt top. It’s been a pleasure to play fabric piecing. I won’t lie that it is working perfectly, there will be a few wiggles in the finished quilt and a lot of adjustments along the way.  I know the theory that cutting accurately is the essential part of quilt making  – read this again – IN THEORY (!)

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For me, the coast is always an attraction come rain or shine, however in this constant heat it is more so.  I fitted in a little seaside trip.  A little bit of Hastings consoles my soul, for the vista and also the memories of living here as a child. I often wonder why I ‘landed’ inland and how long I can remain here.

Right this minute I am wondering if I chose blue quilt pieces as they remind me of the sea and the sky. Here are the cliffs and the beach at Rock a Nore and looking around the headland towards Fairlight (there used to be a nudist beach around the headland, not sure if there still is!)

 

What makes us choose the colours we work with? Anyone have stories about just that?

Sewist? Sewer? Stitcher? What do you call yourself when you are sewing?

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I can’t get enough crafting this week.  If I sit and do nothing my mind whirrs and I can’t settle. I have knitted, sewn, painted, mended, scanned books for new projects, even tidied my craft room a little (hubby thinks the last bit is the best bit!)

I think it’s because I was stressed recently about an impending surgery (which has been done and was successful and now I feel fine, thank you very much). Most of my WIPS had stalled over the last few weeks due to mistakes and mishaps (possibly also partly due to the stress of the impending surgery) and also that I hand a slight hand issue which meant I started things and had to give up due to discomfort.  All in all, not a good time as a crafter. The hand issue may or may not have gone away, however, so I am just enjoying the opportunities now.

So, my latest new project, started and finished in a few hours.  This is a great FEAT for me.  I do not yet have a good photo of this – I am on my own and can’t take a photo of myself wearing these – so they look large and slightly weird, just scattered on a surface.  I can do better with photos, I will do better, don’t judge me.  I just NEEDED to share NOW!

Summer cotton shorts, cute lifebelt fabric, these are going to be so easy to wear!  Am I a sewist or a sewer?  I reckon sewist sounds slightly better, don’t you?

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I should have ripped it back, a lesson learned

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Today, a gorgeous sunny Sunday here in Kent, I am wearing a cotton summer top I knitted last year.  I loved the cotton I knitted with (Paintbox DK from Loveknitting.com). When the back and front were finished I sewed it together and finished the armholes and neck.  The neck looked awful, lumpy and bumpy, not a good finish! It is often more difficult to get a neat finish with a cotton or cotton mix, based on past experience. I added some extra rows and attempted to make the neck edge roll back on itself to neaten it up.  I had an idea that if I added a lace trim it would enhance the neck and be a ‘feature’.  I should have ripped it back there and then but I didn’t.

So I tried the top on ….

I have no idea why I waited until the final furlong.  It fits badly.  It is too snug in places, but too wide across the shoulders and chest (think of me as a lumpy triangle, narrow on the top, getting wider across the bottom (!).  This is not a flattering photo, deliberately to show off a bad knit, ha ha! It’s the top’s first foray into the limelight. I am wearing it with some fabric shorts I sewed in February this year (love the shorts and they fit well). I have just been in my garden enjoying the sunshine. I could have gifted this top straight away to someone else or to a charity shop, however I decided to wear it and work out exactly what I shall change when I made Version 2.  Such an easy knit.  Such a dumb mistake.  I have plenty more yarn to make a different size or a striped one, minus the lace, with a different neck finish.  Wish me luck!

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Fabric no longer a mystery

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There was a beautiful pile of cotton fabric.  There were shades of red, pink, white, cream, pale blue and bright green.  Some had dots and spots, some geometrics, a few floral (quite a lot of floral), one checked and a couple with birds in bird cages.

I measured and snipped.  I stitched and turned. I pinned and stitched some more.

Reveal day – yesterday – was not a sunny one. Unfortunately the bunting could not be strung across the garden to show it at it’s best.

I hope the friend I am gifting it to loves it as much as I do. Some things made for others you just want to keep for yourself!  It’s saving grace is that the bunting is going to be used at a charity event on 11th May.  A good friend is involved in an Open Garden scheme for a local hospice. I hope it enhances the pretty flowers, shrubs and trees that my friend and others have been nurturing for the last few months and years.

http://www.stchristophers.org.uk/opengarden

 

 

Bake off and escaping to a chateau

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I might have cheated a bit with this blog post title.  It’s nothing about baking in the kitchen at all though I do love a bit of baking when in the mood and I adore The Great British Bake Off, though preferred Mel, Sue and Mary to the newbies. (I hope readers know what I am talking about here – please ask if not.)

I am writing about the last few days of baking hot sunshine we’ve had in the UK.  Wow, was it warm enough for everyone? At times it was a bit too hot for me though I am not complaining much, I could keep out of it when I needed to.  It was a great excuse to sit indoors and sew one day – I will reveal the result of that day soon, though it’s a gift for someone who might read this so remains under wraps for now.

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A snapshot of the cherry blossom in full bloom over the garden fence one sunny afternoon

So, today the temperature has turned itself down a bit. The whole family is having a better day.  We all had streaming eyes and noses with hayfever – even one of our cats suffered. (Hayfever-like symptoms in a cat, possibly some allergy to something in the air/garden.) It is a little respite from the past few days.

Whilst staying out of the sun, I also discovered a tv show about owning your own french castle (Escape to the Chateau DIY, Ch4), which builds on the original series Escape to the Chateau.  I love trips to France, though not in the same league, one can dream big. Image result for escape to the chateau

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/escape-to-the-chateau-diy/episode-guide/

Dick and Angel Strawbridge make entertaining tv.

I wonder what anyone else did to stop being ‘baked’ last week?