Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Sew With the Flow : Part One


Not too long ago, my sewjo (sewing mojo) went disappearing. She's a fickle little darling and prone to all sorts of misadventure. I was feeling ever so woeful, not to mention a little impatient to get on with it. There I was, going 'round and 'round with my yarn and crochet hook, getting dizzy and worrying The Engineer to no end, when finally she returned, albeit with a certain timidity and a wandering eye.

She seemed a trifle jealous of my hooky ways, I had to remind her that she had been missing and what on earth would she have me do? I then wondered if somehow the three of us could not just get along, but perhaps even come together in joyful collaboration.

Whilst I am still uncertain how we shall come out in the end, a lot of ideas are percolating. Sometimes that is a problem, too many ideas and very little time to sew. I have a couple of projects in various stages of completion for the shop, a few pages of sketches, and a big old mess in the "studio".

It came to me too, that I was missing something. I was missing sewing for children, specifically my child...

...alright, here I go, veering completely off course for a minute. Bear with me.
In a recent conversation with my child, we talked about my blog. She has told me that it is fine if I write about her from time to time BUT, I am no longer allowed to call her "Miss Ringlet," absolutely NOT! She has informed me that from now on I must refer to her as, "Pony Girl!" Done and done. Now that we have that out of the way, I can continue with my crafty ways.

So, to ease myself back into the colorful world of kid couture, I started with a pattern that I have been wanting to make for ages.

The Avalon Jacket by Fledge/Studio Tantrum was a great way to get the flow rolling. Just as I was in need of some inspiration motivation, there was a knock upon the door and...oh wait, the mystery knocker doesn't get introduced until Part Two of this crafty story.

It felt really good to be sewing for Pony Girl again, and it's just in the nick of time - as all her long pants are now at capris length and inching ever higher. I started to feel that flow, where all is quietly humming along and coming together in a way that seems organic and satisfying. This is definitely "sewing with the flow." And it is good.



Oh good gravy, would you look at the time? I have been prattling on here for more than a minute and I have bread to knead and a Peruvian stew to get on the stove. And you, I know are very busy indeed. So, I will take up again on Friday with Part Two, in which I ramble on about inspiration, encouragement and a mini book review! It will be awfully exciting.

Though there wont be any Valentines Day tutorials, there will be lots of LOVE!

14 comments:

crzylady said...

holy heck! Look at those gorgeous ribbons! and pink.. so pink! I'll take one!

Sherri B. said...

Pony Girl must be so proud of her good and talented mom.
What an eye for color you have, looks great.

Tas said...

Wow. What an awesome jacket. She came back with a vengeance, not just a wandering eye! Look forward to seeing how she meets up with your hooks. I have been wanting to get my sewing machine and crochet hook to meet up for a while but sadly, while my crochet hook sits and gathers dust, it will not happen anytime soon.

Relished Artistry said...

Honestly, Lola, that jacket is really beautiful! Pony Girl is gonna look too cute for words! How wonderful that you are able to combine so many of your interests in the same project. The denim and the colors and the knitting... it's all gonna add up to something really remarkable! Can't wait to see the finished project!

Vic said...

Pony Girl! I like.

Oh me oh my Ms Lola... that jacket is looking beyond devine... it's all woo hoo & yea haw, that's what it is.

I can't wait to see the finished product, or find out who was tap, tap, tapping at your door, but wait I will. If I must.

Floss said...

Oh, sometimes (just sometimes) I wish I had a daughter! But as shorts made out of cut-of jeans are about my limit, it's probably good we only have sons...

Pony Girl is going to look great, and congrats to the sewjo!

Mom L said...

It's great that Pony Girl participates in the blog! Just wait until she starts sewing with you...

The new project looks terrific - can't wait to see the finished product, and hope Pony Girl will model it.

Nancy in Iowa

diane said...

'pony girl' is the cutest thing i have heard all week! that girl of yours is a hoot! and i love the jacket. of course i do, i love everything you make!

lifeshighway said...

I love that jacket and morn that my own pony girl has grown up and no longer lets me sew for her.

You have an amazing eye for color. Waiting expectantly for the unveiling.

Mare said...

Please give your Pony Girl a hug and kiss from her Aunt Mellon! She is really growing up, isn't she! :)

Aussie-waffler said...

I absolutely adore those coloured ribbons. Lucky, lucky Pony Girl.

Meagan @ecoMILF said...

Lovely ribbon patterns! Also love her new name. Very cool. ; ). Can't wait for part II... it might be up right now, I'll go check. xo m.

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Leahdis said...

wowza...that looks simply stunning!
Cant wait to see it finished. I hope your feeling better after your tumble.