Thursday, May 05, 2011
Lost Favourites and Me Made June
Photo: an Unfinished Object... or maybe it's a Lost Favourite?
Blog-reading is my favourite form of instant stress relief. A few seconds of sock admiration or smock-ogling is all that it takes to restore the balance between my creative inner life and the 9 to 5 of work... and I know that it improves my productivity in the day job, as I can flick back to writing a report, refreshed, with the right words ready to spill onto the page.
But when I realised I was going to have to use my computer username and password to allow a Very Important Person to make a presentation at a meeting, I panic-ed and immediately deleted My Favourites. Because what if that Person had clicked through to the internet and seen the folders marked "myeloma", "sewing", "shops" and "knitblogs", and worse still seen the size of the lists within?! As it was, he tried to save his presentation and ended up in My Pictures... ugh. But I suppose it could have been worse - I promise there was nothing compromising! ; )
Obviously I need to obtain a "spare" login ID for visitors to use. But my immediate issue is that I am missing many of my "best" blogs, with odd names which I can't remember well enough to find via google. Clearing the clutter is one thing, but I feel like I have lost touch with some of my most inspirational "friends"! If I haven't commented on your blog recently, this may be the reason!
The side effect of this situation has been that I have spent more odd moments on Ravelry, and ended up losing interest in all my current knitting projects except Betty Jean.
Instead of working on an unloved turquoise sock, or a lacey peach mohair shrug that I WILL NEVER WEAR (stop shouting, Roo!) I have realised that I want to knit more vintage-inspired cardigans and sweaters out of AlbaYarn, a shawl out of Sock Hop handspun, Shalder out of super-sheepy wool from the West Coast - in short, to have a purge and start again. RRRRRRRIP!
Jessica left a comment recently, which really struck a chord. She said:
I LOVE this style that I see evolving on your blog (I mean, I think you've always known and owned your personal style, but it's like when you're a teenager and as you grow up you slowly fill out the edges of the core person that you always were ... am I making sense?)
Yes, Jessica you made a lot of sense to me. It has taken me all this time to "be myself" and fit the skin I'm in. And part of that is about ditching all the stuff that fogs my vision and stops me being "me". Even if I have spent hours trying to make it work. Turquoise sock, I am looking at YOU.
My dear mother recently asked me what on earth I do with all the things I "kept making" - where did I put all those tops and skirts and dresses I "kept making"? After calming down from my instant teen-style anger at this suggestion that I was exhibiting wanton profligacy (and will surely not go to heaven as a result) I spluttered out a reply that these are the only things I have! The other bits and pieces only get to stay for as long as it takes me to replace them with me-made-ness! I could go on at length about the good lady's four wardrobes full of anonymous polyester garments and multiple pairs of almost-identical shoes, but I won't.
Instead I will sign up for Me Made June.
'I, Roobeedoo, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-June '11. I endeavour to wear
only self-made clothing (excluding upholstery and underpinnings) each day for the duration of June 2011'