Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Scarf with a Scar
Today was another chilly walk to work (about 1.5 miles), but one that I thoroughly enjoy. I wear J. Crew black hiking boots (from about 20 years ago), a glossy navy down jacket with a zip-up turtleneck collar, a navy beret (comme toujours) and a lime/light-green paisley pashmina for a scarf.
The pashmina is a favourite of mine, as it is an odd enough color combination to be both arresting and unsettling at once. I wear it both outdoors and indoors.
As today was particularly chilly and snowy, I zipped up my jacket completely about five minutes into my journey. When I got to work, however, the zipper would not move.
A quick inspection in my mirror revealed that I had zipped the pashmina into the zipper (really underneath the widest part of the zipper) and I could not dislodge it.
As I had about 15 minutes before I had to greet my public, so to speak, I tried to remove the scarf from the zipper; when that failed I tried to remove it from my neck. Failure again.
I did not wish to strangle myself in my office by attempting to climb out of the turtleneck puffer while still wrapped in a scarf.
So I (gasp) took my scissors and cut my favourite pashmina out of the zipper.
After my public appearance, I inspected the damage and entered repair mode. At home I knew I had some beautiful ribbon from the textile designer Laura Foster Nicholson, so I shall sew a sliver to my wounded pashmina, scarring the once flawless scarf.
But I shall keep in mind something that my grandmother taught me while painting: don't fret about mistakes; incorporate them into your work and it will be all the more beautiful and unique. That's my plan.
Have gentle readers ever improved something via a mistake/accident?