This morning, I got up early to prep a make. (You know it – the LBD!) I ironed my paper pattern pieces and my fashion fabric, pulled out my cutting mat, draped my tape measure around my neck and got to work. Once the fabric was cut, I sat down and made my tailors’ tacks. The radio was on – it’s always on when I work. A coffee cooled by my side – I always let the coffee get cold. Then I cleared up my sewing space of any evidence of previous projects and left the right-coloured thread by my machine, ready for the next stage. I went and showered and started my working day.
The night before, I’d knitted a tension square for my next knitting project. I always knit a tension square. I always abandon it, ten rows in. (Hey, you can judge gauge with ten rows.)
Human beings have a basic need of ritual. Each morning, the toast is cut into squares, right? (Or wrong?!) But do these little habits help? I think so. They get me into the zone. They remind me that a bit of discipline can be the first step towards a successful FO.
What do you think? Am I away with the faeries, or do you have your own sewing or knitting rituals? I’d love to hear what they are – the dottier, the better.
STOP PRESS! There’s another awesome Pattern Pyramid giveaway over at Falling Through Your Clothes. There are still some great patterns up for grabs, and Funnygrrrl teases us with a description of what she’d do with each of them. We don’t yet know which one she’s keeping for herself. Oh, the suspense!