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Get Going

I’ve been in a bit of a creative slump the last few days waiting for some navy 8/2 cotton to put on the 36” loom to fill a number of orders.  Actually the problem is too many choices. I could finish the last scarf on the small loom – but then I’d have to rewarp and I really want to put on a full width (22”) for shawls – but I haven’t designed that warp yet. I could finish the last couple pieces on the 50” loom and then – guess what – rewarp that baby (I think I know the colours for that).

With weaving, the end means a new beginning  – and I know few weavers that really love the warping process – it’s the weaving that’s the fun part. With three active looms in the studio I try not to have them empty at the same time.

In an effort to bypass making a decision – I figured a half hour on the treadmill might put me in the mood.  Grabbed a book from our collection and got started.  2mph and I can walk and read easily. Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck (you know, Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath)

He’s going to travel and rediscover America in a truck camper – it’s 1960. As with all great writers, it’s a great read. I usually devour a good book – read it as fast as I can so I can own it and make it a part of me. But reading while treadmilling has made me slow down (not the walking just the reading – I lose my place).  So at the end of a half hour I’m only up to page 32 and he’s just gotten started. Enough walking, it’s only one mile, but my knees complain if I do too much more. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s walk and his journey.

I’d like to say I made some great creative stride forward after that bit of metabolic boost, but the truth is I didn’t get back to the studio the rest of the day. I found out my navy cotton will be delayed another week, so I’ll put a light teal on and experiment. The orders will have to wait.

 It did make me think about creative starts.  There’s no surefire way to move forward. Sometimes you hurry, or push yourself, and sometimes you slow down and think about other journeys.

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Time in, Time out

Home from the Sugarloaf show in Gaithersburg, MD. The Monday after a show always means planning too much to fit into the day. Would love to sleep in but have to/want to get my husband’s breakfast before work.  Then begin to design a new warp for some summer scarves – I know I can get a few finished before this weekend show in Timonium, MD. But before I can physically pull out 24 cones of yarn in varying shades, I remember I need to go out and pick salad greens before it gets too hot in the “greenhouse”.  Of course I walk through the garden and discover asparagus needs to be cut.  While I’m out there, why not dig some grass/weeds to give to the chickens – they deserve it. Back inside and the greens are in the fridge and it’s 10 o’clock.   Work on the loom, but time out to steam asparagus and make my lunch salad. yumm! By the end of the day I’ve actually woven half of a scarf, been into town (5 miles away) and back home (several times – had a meeting this evening). 

So when was I actually working? If I had to punch a time card shouldn’t I include the time while digging the weeds and I saw a beautiful combination of reds and golds and greens of the tulips and daffys and thought about what they would look like in a woven piece?  Or the textures of the mesclun greens as I was picking them, wondering what combination of yarn would look like that odd serrated kale, or the feathery chervil that seems to be taking over the bed?  Driving into town with the explosion of flowering trees – not so delicate pinks, feathery whites – where might that road lead me?

mesclun greens

So the day is over, I didn’t get that scarf finished that I started this afternoon.  What have I actually accomplished?  Time will tell.