Daily Reflections From My Window

October 4, 2021 Monday: Crunch Week-The Challenge is Over but Another is Ahead!

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“I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism have brought me to my ideas.”

Albert Einstein

I like this quote, because it applies to me in so many ways. Cooking, writing, dressmaking, textiles, tailoring, and now the fiber arts. Who knew that I’d be doing this? It has brought me and my family on so many adventures. Though I’d studied textiles and was introduced to alpaca fabric during my job at the Joseph Lipson Company, the curiosity of that first time I saw alpacas at a pumpkin patch visit with Jack and some friends so long ago, sparked a question to know even more about them and when we had land, how they could fit into our lives. Here we are, many years later, with a few in the pasture and me working with the fiber.

Through our introduction to these sweet animals, we’ve traveled to new places as a family, as a couple and me alone to learn more. Somehow, that brought me to the #100DayDressChallenge. I saw this dress, made of 75% merino wool and a bit of nylon and spandex. It claimed to be all of the things that I’d learned that alpaca could be, if made into the correct weight fabric-adaptable to many temperatures and climates, washable, wrinkle resistant, odor resistant, good for the environment and more. I was up for the challenge, so out of curiosity I ordered one. I started with a basic A Line Tank style in navy, called Sierra. If I wore it for 100 days, I would get a coupon for a new dress. I still have to submit my photos, and I will let you know if that happens. There wasn’t anything to lose. Here are a few photos. This first one is of me preparing to fire hoop. That’s not the dress, but I have worn it tucked in and will wear it next time fire hooping-because she shouldn’t catch on fire-theoretically. That’s one thing I wanted to check.

I’ll be sharing my whole 100 days of photos with a link when I find them all. Organization is a skill I need to work on!

I really like it with this lace Cabi top below. It made it perfect for church, brunch, a wedding…and with the other top and tied up with white pants. For those who have asked. Yes, I washed her, but our laundry went down considerably. I washed her maybe 6 times over the whole challenge. I didn’t baby her. I threw her in the washing machine and dryer under many setting and she came out perfect every time. Now that’s no guarantee that will work for you, but it did for me.

So enough with the dress. The challenge is complete and I am pleased with the results. Now it’s time to buckle down as I finish prepping for Fort Days. That’s what’s on my agenda all week! What are you up to?

Here are some sweet deer in our yard this morning. They were romping and grazing.

In the meantime, remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, get outside for some fresh air and keep the length of an alpaca cria (which is a baby alpaca and about 3 feet long) between you and the next person.

Have a blessed day!