This whole issue of style seems to have resonated with a number of you! Over the last few days, I've been clearing out some old files and ran across some notes I took at Convergence 1982 (!). [Convergence is the bi-annual meeting of the Handweaver's Guild of America, a huge gathering of fiberistas/fiberistos who love to weave, spin, dye, knit, crochet, or study any aspect of fiber as craft and art--the next one is in Grand Rapids MI next year.] I attended a talk entitled "Organize Your Luck" by Libby Platus, and amazingly enough took notes that are quite intelligible. What strikes me most is that I was grappling with this personal style issue 22 years ago. Here are some of the steps she outlined for developing a personal goal (mine, according to my notes, was to develop my own style, so I built the list around that goal--and I am struck by what a great workshop this was. I googled Libby's name and she is still lecturing around the country--I'd recommend her!):
- analyze role models
- analyze personal attitudes towards how you want to dress
- toss out rules
- take a look at your favorite clothes & then those you haven't worn in years
- develop/recognize your unique style waiting to be expressed
- set realistic goals & take small risks to reach that goal
So what are my besetting stumbling blocks? In stream of consciousness style fueled by
3 4 5 cups of coffee: A suspicion of people who spend a lot of time thinking about their looks--shallow? judgmental? selfish? slick? Dissatisfaction with my body--overweight, not deserving, will lose weight before spending money/attention on looks. From time to time feel overwhelmed by demands of life and don't want to spend time dealing with clothes. Don't want to be noticed. Uncertain about what I want to put out there as a "look." [Note to self: "Clean" is not a "look."]
So, my first thought is that I've always admired scarves and how they pull an outfit (if you can call my clothes that) together, but I have felt self-conscious about wearing them. I think I'll try to wear scarves. That's an OK start
What about you, dear reader?
I've gone to the attic to pull out the odds and ends of stash yarn that were too good to throw out but not right for any foreseeable project. This yarn filled a tote box! Yeah--I've started a cheery little Tomten Jacket (from Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitting Without Tears) in leftover Philosopher's Wool, adding some fun slipped stitches. I've set aside some lofty unspun Icelandic wool to make a 3-in-1 pullover (from EZ's Knitting Around)--this will be so very very warm! I like to use my charity knitting as an opportunity to learn new skills or try a pattern I've liked but don't want for myself.
Also, this little hat is from my handspun wool/silk! Nice and warm and much prettier than this picture would indicate. (Non-Californians might enjoy seeing what February looks like here in the Bay Area--in our backyarn [Freudian slip: backYARD], it looks like overgrown oxalis.)