Many years ago a friend brought me back a souvenir from a trip to Hawaii. I expected to receive a flowered shirt, or a lei, maybe a bag of Kona coffee…. or (fingers crossed!) a box of chocolate covered Macadamias. Nope. I was presented with a small envelope. Inside was a rectangular patch embroidered with my name. Now, in the Hawaiian language, the sounds for “d”, “r” and “s” do not exist. So the closest approximation for my name is “Kolika”, which is so exotic and falls so prettily from the tongue, huh? “Doris” is your crabby great-aunt; “Kolika” is a winsome, bewitching hula girl.
Funny, I hadn’t thought about Kolika in such a long time. But last month, when my Interweave show producer, Anne Merrow, asked me to name the exclusive sweater design for my Top Down Seamless Crochet Workshop, that lyrical little word just popped into my head, and Kolika it became.
I had the best time shooting this workshop, but have been dreading the release of the DVD. Holy Crap, do I really look like THAT??!!!! It is so embarrassing to view videos of yourself, isn’t it? Seeing yourself as others see you is a major source of cognitive dissonance; the image is somehow wrong. I imagine that’s because you are so familiar with your face in the mirror, backwards from the way the rest of the world sees you. Plus, the stylist gave me wavy hair, eyeshadow and mascara. Let’s just say that this face is more Kolika than Doris. Here’s a preview of the video. YIKES! I can’t seem to stand still. TIme to switch to decaf, huh?
Never mind. I’m going to be the only one who does not recognize the person in this DVD workshop. Otherwise, I am thrilled with the results. Top Down Seamless Crochet is a brilliant presentation of techniques, demonstrations and tips for making a Kolika that fits you. Here are some random images from the shoot: