Wednesday, May 30, 2018

When a door opens

I made a conscious decision almost three years ago to be less afraid. It's true, I've missed out on so many, oh so many, wonderful experiences because I was afraid or doubted myself, the experience or whatever. Funny how it took half a life time to figure out that I really have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Not funny, really, but very sad. I don't want to be sad.
The first absolutely wonderful thing to happen after this decision was that I got my current job. I got a call and said yes. It was that easy. Before, during the scaredy cat Marta time, I would have said no because I wasn't completely in control, didn't know much about it, it wasn't something I specifically planned for, or any number of other equally lame excuses. As it was, it was the day after I said to myself, "Whatever comes next, I'm saying 'yes' to it because all this disappointment sucks." This school is my dream school with my kind of students and co-workers. No, in fact, I couldn't even dream this up - it's better.
So now something else has happened. A publisher, designer friend asked if I'd be interested in knitting something for someone. Um....sure...? I knit some pieces for her and loved the experience. It was one of those times when I felt a part of something very cool. Here's that project and the BEST publisher in the biz.
Cooperative Press
 Aurora Borealis
Now I've knitted something for someone pretty big in the designing world. I've admired her work when I've seen it but had no idea how prolific she was or that she has worked with Vogue and Martha Stewart, among others. 
Enter

with a side of 



Yea, well, I did my best. Of course, there was a fair amount of grafting and I can always see it. IT BUGGED ME. I pulled and smoothed it but didn't wash and block, as the designer asked me to leave blocking to her. It was better but I STILL SAW IT. sigh. It's packaged and sent off and that's that. This designer, by the way, is lovely. I'm sure I was awkward but she was very nice throughout the entire process. I'm hoping this is another fabulous door opened and will lead to more projects.
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