Not even torn ligaments are going to keep me from my crafting. To be honest, I’ve had fun exploring the different crafts that I can accomplish with just one hand. Another fun discovery is that I can still dye up some tapestry wool I purchased from Purl Soho last year. I had pre-mordanted the fiber using alum and let it thoroughly dry. To reactive the mordant I wet the fiber, and added a touch of vinegar for good luck. The fibers pictured above are dyed with some food coloring, 30 seconds in the microwave to set. I’m planning on having some fun simmering fibers on the stove over the next week. Hopefully I will have results to post next weekend.
I have also discovered that I can do some little bits of weaving on my Mirrix with just one hand, I’m using a paperclip as a shuttle since I want to use several small colors at a time. I really would like to get a few tapestry bobbins, however they are about $20 for 3. I’m still trying to keep within my budget, so it is going to depend on my next couple of pay periods. (I had to buy a new pair of shoes, my last ones were good for about 9 months, so if I can get that out of these I will be pleased).
In my week, I have a lead on a potential full-time job relatively locally. I hope to hear back from them this week for an interview. Should this job pan out I will be able to make a big difference in a nearby community, live in Pennsylvania (be closer to my sibling), and purchase a house to set up just the way I want it to be. I am very excited for this opportunity to make a fresh start and concentrate my attention on the intricacies of a single job rather than juggling three.
Have a great week and Live Life A Little More Abstract!
The beginning of this year has afforded me a lot of opportunity to think about my future, both immediate and long term. What I want out of my life immediately, in the near future, and in the distant future. There are some things that are abstract, and others that are concrete. I am not going to detail these things here, however one aspect is organization. Right now I am working on sorting and organizing all of my craft supplies. The current job, since yarn, periodicals/patterns, and fiber are finished, is my weaving supplies. I have a great rolling laundry basket I had purchased last year, and it occurred to me that the 8/2 cotton I have for weaving towels would do great in cloth boxes in the bottom of the laundry hamper, then if I put another cloth box on top I can put reeds, shuttles, etc, in that box. I believe some of my supplies like the sticks to hold crosses and rag shuttles are going to have to be stored upright beside or behind the boxes. I will get photographs to show you how well this does/does not work out. I have a plastic box I am using for bobbins, spare parts, oils, etc. for my Schacht Ladybug spinning wheel. I am not sure if I want to find something different or not. My Spinolution Firefly is a little more difficult to store as I have two flyer heads for it (one quite large). I had hoped to be able to at least continue my gigantic plying project, however upon further reflection there is no need to risk further damage to my wrist.
In the midst of all of this organizing I was thinking about my home. When I get a full-time job I fully intend to move to where I will be working and purchase a house. If it is possible for me to commute for a few years that would be ideal, I can save up to put a good down-payment on a house, find the precise property I want, and organize everything for moving. It has also become apparent that the large pieces of furniture in my home might become refreshed with a simple change in color scheme. Right now everything is either stark white or very dark. I am planning on getting some paint chips to change this.
This week, in addition to my usual workload, I intend to corral my weaving supplies as well as my spinning supplies. My final crafty home related task is to pick up some paint chips to tape to my furniture.
Remember to Live Life a Little More Abstract!
Since I have been unable to craft I have decided to go on an organizing spree. I’ve also had an amazing amount of energy these past three weeks, since reading the book “Do Less” by Kate Northrup, I wonder if it is tied in with the moon cycles or my personal cycle. I’ll try to keep track and figure this out. On to organization, below see the two metal laundry baskets I picked up to fit my fiber and yar…okay. I have more fiber than I thought, I filled both of these.
Yes, I know my carpet is ugly. Okay so I filled up these two Laundry baskets….and most of a third smaller laundry basket…
While I do still intend to retain my subscription to Paradise Fibers, I also plan on creating projects so that I can spin more intentionally and spin down some of this stash…in July…when I can craft again. *sigh*.
I have not been entirely idle on the crafting front, in addition to finding out that I absolutely cannot knit, I cannot sew a needle minder, and I cannot wire wrap bookmarks (that really has more to do with me not understanding types of wire and how to harden them than anything else).
I can still needle felt, and do Bullet Journal Activities, so not all is lost. This is going to be for the best, I hope to have all of my crafts in easily transportable boxes by the end of February. My ‘reach’ goal, that will happen if I get everything packed away in time, is to be able to take down my modular shelving as well.
Adversity exists to prove to ourselves how strong we can be.
Remember to Live Life a Little More Abstract! (Normal is so boring).
2020 is going to be a very interesting year for me regarding my crafting life. As shown above, I can certainly work with polymer clay, though the stamp on the left that was meant for wax is not working as well as I would have liked. I will try it again with shallower cuts, if that does not work then I’ll put some cooking spray or olive oil on it to make the wax release. The bowl on the right turned out wonderfully. I am also doing well with my bullet journaling and other written/artistic activities such as watercolors, and Japanese Stab Binding.
My MRI showed that the ligament in my wrist has been completely torn, I will need to have surgery and then spend 3 months in a cast. Scheduling the surgery will need to wait until I have received approval from the insurance company, this can take 25-40 days. I will likely not be having surgery until March at the earliest. March-April, April-May, May-June would be three months in a cast, so hopefully sometime in June I will get the cast off. Realistically I will then need physical therapy since my wrist has not been actively used since November 2019.
These facts, combined with my need for a full-time job means that this is a year of:
- Organizing and packing up my yarn, fiber, and crafting equipment. This is also a perfect time to catalog my collection.
- Goal is to have most easily transportable, non essential, items ready to travel when I need to move.
- Go on a complete yarn diet. Do not buy any yarn, still get paradise fibers monthly box
- No purchases during Feb., March, & April = Cotton/fine handcards when $50 is reached in PF Rewards points.
These goals should put me in a good place June of 2020, when I will reevaluate. Until then, I have plenty of reading to do, plenty of organizing, as well as Bullet Journaling!
Remember to live life A Little More Abstract!
I am still not certain when my wrist brace is coming off. This has not stopped me from exploring my creative side, simply permitted a new avenue of exploration. While things are certainly easier to accomplish with two working hands, as well as wrists, this has given me an opportunity to explore avenues of creativity that I have allowed to fall by the wayside previously.
Recently I have been exploring crafts that can be created with forms of clay that do not require a kiln to create lasting pieces. Since the summer of 2020 reading program for New York State is “Imagine Your Story” focusing on mythology and fairy tales. I know that many programs are going to focus on the mainstream Greek and Roman mythology, with a bit of Norse (Thor and Loki via Marvelverse), and some Celtic or Wicca mythos thrown in. The Japanese have a remarkable mythological tradition, as do the Native American, and African peoples. I would love to be able to explore these traditions, it would be wonderful to have examples illustrated to patrons either through craft, storytelling (with some intellectual discourse), or a food tradition.
I am just bursting with ideas, as some of them come to fruition I will post the successes and failures here for everyone to learn from. Until then remember to Live Life a Little More Abstract!
For me time to contemplate is one of the most dangerous things I can have. I love staying busy as well as productive in both my home and work life. When I get contemplative I start thinking in terms of, “Be the change you want to see.” and “Discover the obstacles and eliminate them.” Of course these two phrases have me re-thinking several aspects of my life.
The first is plastic bags, honestly they are just taking over my kitchen. I do sort of hate the idea of buying cloth bags, however I cannot work on making my own at this time so I will take some time this upcoming week to put all of my plastic bags into a garbage bag, I spoke to someone earlier today about our reliance on plastic garbage bags, and take them to the public library for patrons to use on rainy/snowy days. I was going to weave homeless mats, but by time I’m healed enough to warp my loom it will be too late for this year. I’ll get rid of them and start fresh with reusable bags.
The second, along with my boss at the community college I work for, has me reading The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll. I taught a basic class on how to Bullet Journal at the Public Library I work for, now my director at the community college wants me to show students how to identify and break down their goals into trackable achievements using the Bullet Journal Method. I am honestly loving learning more about this method. I use my current journal more like a diary, admittedly one that I have been fairly dedicated to for several months now. By learning this new method and taking notes on it, I should be able to more effectively leverage my bullet journal and teach the students.
The third, and for now final, contemplation is using the (dateless) Dream Planner pdf I purchased from Dragontree two years ago. This planner is based around the concept of rituals. This is a little too…woo woo for me even in my most contemplative moods. However the planning sheets are certainly useful, and I do intend to create concrete goals to attain some future desires.
This planning and bullet journaling also include setting up a very definitive financial plan. Sticking to it will be a bit more difficult, however I will persevere.
With all of these goals in mind, I may not be posting much before 2020, if not: Happy New Year. Remember to Live Life a Little More Abstract!
So, in my last post I was trying to crochet wolf ears for my costume. Yeah, less than 2 weeks out is not the time to start crafting for a costume, and I knew this. I have decided to make my life considerably easier. I purchased a quantity of Makeup and tomorrow morning I will use makeup, spray on hair coloring, and a bit of ingenuity to make myself into a ‘spinster’. Since I am a spinner anyway, I believe that blowing out my hair instead of using smoothing products (maybe giving it a bit of a boost with the salt volumizing spray), putting a silk hankie in it (silk cocoons spread over a form, pulled apart further for spinning), and adding a spindle and bag to my velvet cloak should create an interesting effect. If it is decent I will post a photo, if not we will forget I ever had this idea.
In other news, Jimmy Beans Wool had a scrap bag sale that I could not resist. This means that I have started knitting a simple triangle shawl started with a garter tab, also with a garter edging. I love how this is turning out. Since I am going to be using scraps that are 20 yards or more it will be interesting to see where the stripes are going to end. The progress photo looks a little cramped since I am using a DPN and needed to have some rubber bands to keep the stitches from slipping off the end when stored. I will transfer this to a circular needle soon.
October was known as Inktober, where artists decided to do their best to follow certain prompts and create ink drawings each day during the month of October. Since I am not an artist, I enjoyed the concept and stuck with my crafts. November, however, is also NaNoWriMo. This is National Novel Writing Month. The challenge is to write 50,000 words of a novel in a month. The breakdown of this is: 1,667 words every day or, 12,500 words a week (not counting the first week which is 2 days long). I sort of stink at making goals, however I think that I will make something of an effort to work toward writing down some of my ideas toward a novel. The first draft might not be too coherent, however I think I have a chance. Of course, I also have 4 Civil Service Tests to fill out, starting November 1. It looks like my next 31 days are going to be busy.
Remember to Live Life a Little More Abstract!