So I have this lovely friend whom I’ve never met. This is a common state of affairs for people who trade art through the mail, by the way: They know each other online, but they rarely get to meet on the street. This friend, at any rate, ordered a Frida Kahlo ami from me – that is, a crocheted Frida doll – and at the time, Frida looked like this:
My lovely friend requested that I put Frida in the dress that Frida wore on the cover of Vogue, and it hit me like a revelation. Released from the constraints of creating an easy pattern for a magazine, of course! Of course I could put Frida in one of her signature looks! And what a look it is!
The more I studied the picture, however, the more my excitement began to crackle with anxiety. See all those intricate patterns? Now think about the bulkiness, the inelegance of yarn. Ack! Long story short, I worried myself right into a state of paralysis, where I remained until this week, when I stared myself in the metaphorical eyeball and commanded myself to shut up and do it. DO IT ALREADY, SELF! SHEESH!
I am pretty proud of the way this turned out, because honestly, I didn’t know that I could do this until I did it. I am very grateful to my friend for pushing me, and I am excited to have a whole new standard for myself! Plus, I love this Frida!
If you would like a Frida in this dress or one of her other specific looks, give a shout! (The comments below can be used for casual commenting or purposeful shouting, incidentally, or you can also send the shouting to firstname.lastname@example.org)