He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist. ~St. Francis of Assisi

May we each strive to do ALL that we do as an artist working as unto the Lord for His glory! Thanks for stopping in to visit! ~Cara Louise

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Creative, Confident, Careful

One of my Facebook friends posted this question on her page: "Why do we lose confidence in our abilities the older we get? How do you combat it?"

I am actually finding just the opposite for myself. Being out of work for over a year and a half (except for part-time fill-in-the-gap stuff) has allowed me to take a look at who I am. I came up with three C's: Creative, Confident, and Careful.

The creative aspect I think I always had- even as a child. I have been very blessed with artistic and musical talent which lets me see or hear what a finished project could be like. This ability has served me quite well in my craft work, and in my ministry work on the music team at my church. It also translates well to employment, as I am able to visualize a desired end result for a work project.

Confidence is a character trait which I have had to develop within myself. I did not possess in my earlier years the sureness I do now in my own abilities to get going on a project. So many things just sat unattempted (craft projects, book reports) because I was afraid to start. Just gaining life experience has produced a better understanding of what I can do now and knowing the reality that the world does not end if a wrong step is made. I think confidence also means an awareness of my own limitations and not being shy about looking for help when it is needed.

Carefulness means that I'm not just going to blindly jump off the edge. Wrong steps may be made, but I do my research, and I work with diligence so mistakes are rare. It is always easier to do something right the first time than to have to go back and fix errors. This is true in crochet projects and life.

So, can I 'sell' myself on interviews with this awareness of who I am? Just because this hasn't worked yet doesn't mean it was a waste of time. It is the employers' loss!

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

The versatile I-Cord- new name, old stitch

The I-Cord or I-Tube is a very popular component of many recent patterns, and for good reason.It is elegant yet sturdy, fashionable yet functional. The I-cord makes great purse straps for one example.

Many don't realize though that the I-cord is actually a generations old stitch! Remember those old-fashioned spool knitters? The work produced from spool knitting is the exact same stitch as the I-cord! And while my hands used to be able to pinch tiny loops and crochet such I-cords, lately I have had to revert back to the tried-and-true method using my own home-made spool. One end of this I-cord was made with the crochet hook, the other with the spool knitter- and even I can't tell the ends apart!

The craft stores sell new-fangled plastic versions of the spool-knitter these days- like this one from Clover-

Here's a great page I found with a lot of information- history, pictures, instructions, etc: http://www.newenglandsimpleliving.com/spoolknitting.htm

So don't shy away from patterns calling for this great design feature- there's a 'new' method to the rescue!

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