It’s Been a Long Summer

We take turns contributing to this lovely little Ply Magazine blog and Jacey never asks us to write about anything in particular except I’m pretty sure it should be somehow related to spinning. It’s up to us to decide what to add to the discussion. So I was looking at my calendar last week and realized that this week was my turn again and I began to panic. And I have thought and considered and wondered what to write about for almost an entire week and as of this morning I still have nothing.

Want to know why?

Well, so did I. So I went back through this summer and looked at what I had been doing this since June. Wow. Almost no spinning at all. Of course I’ve had a couple of article deadlines and I did what I needed to do for that but in May I had made a sort of master list of the things I needed to accomplish by now that had to do with my work, which is spinning. I have accomplished exactly none of it – except for the couple of articles that had deadlines of course (but even those were late).

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Well, I went to Pennsylvania several times to visit my parents. My dad was having caner treatments and he was very sick so I have been consumed with worry about him since late in February. We got good news this week though. He is in remission. So don’t you start worrying too.

 

Pennsylvania is a good long drive from Here in Michigan. My parents live outside of Philadelphia so it takes about 11 20160702_121748hours with stops to get there. So I did finish a couple of audio books!

July was filled with Brittney and Thatcher who came from Utah to visit for a month. Thatcher is the twoest two year old I think I have ever met. So not a lot gets done because the kid has energy and he loves to test the will of all of the people around him.

August was a month of focusing on my house which I hadn’t really done in a while – and maybe a little of being overwhelmed by the spinning work that I still needed to accomplish. So I ignored the work, as all healthy minded adults do, and decided to redecorate 2 rooms. I’m super happy with the result. But no spinning got done.

I mostly blame these 4 people. They wouldn’t leave me alone. Mom, mom, mom!

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Get to work!

This past week I decided that I would settle down and do the work. And nothing went right. I didn’t have the things I needed, my spinners and wheels were rebelling, the kids needed stuff and there were appointments and a whole bunch of nonsense.

So here we are. September 1. Tomorrow we are taking a bit of a short vacation to visit Chicago. Just a few days. Tuesday, school begins again. Tuesday I will have the house to myself. (Well, Lousmith is home too but that’s never bad.) Tuesday I will get back to work.

Now is the time to try not to make outrageous, unachievable goals. I cannot spin 10,000 yards of 2 ply and get it on the loom and weave it by Friday….can I?

 

 

Those New Year’s Resolutions

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Holy moly, I hate New Year’s Resolutions, but I’ve kept making them for  years. I’ve made huge ones, tiny ones that should be easy to keep, lists of 100 things, on and on. I almost never keep them, even the fun ones. I run out time, I run out of fire, I run out of headspace.

For example, every turn of the year I get all excited about weaving tapestry, every year, why in January, is tapestry so appealing? Over the years I’ve bought the books, biggish looms, I have yarn, I have an idea or two. I have fiery determination to make this my next thing, my next fibery craft.  Every January I get out the books, pet the looms, find new tapestry blogs to read, but I can never fit it in with everything else, it just feels too big and it gets lost again.

Resolutions in general made me feel bad, so I quit. But I also feel like the turn of the year needs to marked in some way, welcomed in some way.

This year I made intentions, just a few that are as broad as Lake Michigan. They can be rationalized, shaped and generally messed with to fit any mood or instance. I’m hoping they help on those days come when I wake up feeling a little lost. Do I take the left path or the right?

Two of my intentions fit my crafting life perfectly: Connect and Make. See? Broad, but they feel great. They are reminders to do things I love and talk to people about it, to ask questions and to just fiddle with tapestry or what new interest pops up, making not conquering.

 

Do you make resolutions? What can you tell me about spinning yarn for tapestry?