I have been able to do a little bit of weaving, after a short amount of time my wrist begins to hurt. Not too bad, but enough that I do not want to risk my surgery going well. Even with that I have managed to accomplish about a quarter inch of weaving, as well as drawing part of the outline onto my warps (the ink is on the threads not the paper separator).
This has been a very busy 10 days since my last post, I started writing this post last week, however the panic/closures/uncertainty started so I had to put a pause on this post. My needle felting class for the public library that kick started my career went well, we wound up with some very lovely critters and a class of 15 students. I also had a needle felting class for the public library I currently work at, there were 3 students however they created lovely little landscapes, hearts, and flowers. I have also had another critter class with 12 students that went extremely well at the first library. One student’s creature went from a turtle, to an owl, and somehow ended up a snail. It was a very cute snail, so I think the entire class was a success over all.
As some of you might know if you follow my book reading blog, AYearofBooksInReview.wordpress.com I have been reading a lot of materials about organization, decluttering, and making my home my own again. Even some empowering books on feminism. I’ve been on a read non-fiction rampage this winter. All of these books advocate decluttering through a method of “Have I used this in X number of years?” Usually around 5. For most things this is working amazingly well. Except for craft books I have not read a print fiction book in over 5 years (I’m still keeping some absolute favorites) since kindle is my favored reading method. I have not opened the dressers in the bedrooms I am not using in over 5 years, so I can downsize to just one dresser, etc. However I find that there is one significant exception to this rule that non-crafty organizers (or even monogamous crafty organizers) cannot comprehend. This exception is crafty tools and complete kits. I am NOT in any way advocating that you save every scrap of cloth/yarn/etc. I am talking about those tools that you bought for a craft, then another craft overtook your attention, so the tools got stored away.
These tools often represent a bit of an investment, maybe not much however it might be relatively significant. The organization/decluttering experts will tell you “Thank the item for the joy it brought, and let it go.” I will give you two examples of why I do not often let larger tools go, one is immediately relevant the other will be in the future. As you might know if you have been following this blog, I have a snapped ligament in my wrist, I am waiting for surgery (less than 2 weeks now) and there will be a 3 month period where my wrist is in a cast. This has severely limited my crafting options. While doing my organization thing I came across my crewel embroidery that I started at Eastern Great Lakes Fiber Fest last year. Then I remembered, I have an embroidery hoop thing that I can put under my leg that holds the hoop up for me, this makes stitching a one-handed craft! I have not used that since my days of interest in embroidery, probably 2009 or so, but I knew where it was (approximately since I had been pushing it around) so now when I do not have a ton of expendable income I did not have to go hunting for it.
I have made quite a bit of progress on this little piece, I am quite proud. In a very similar circumstance, when I was making a latch hook rug for my cousin I purchased a latch hook frame. My cousin’s daughter, for whom the rug was intended, is now about 6. I have not touched the frame since I finished off the rug, however I also have 3-5 other kits that I fully intend to hook someday. The thing is, I really will hook those rugs some day. Just like I pulled out my embroidery frame because I needed it (I do have a piece of linen that will fill the frame that I intend to use as soon as this piece is done).
What I am trying to say is, only you know yourself. If you are a single craft type person, amazing! You do you, stick with the craft you are best at. Don’t be afraid to try new things if you want, but do not feel pressured either. If you just knit there is so much to explore, lace, socks, sweaters, cables, double knit, steeking, colorwork, intarsia, etc. If you just crochet, granny squares, those complicated granny squares, tunisian, colorwork, lace crochet, doilies, etc. If you like needlework, I love the Fiber Talk podcast, there are so many types of needlework, cross stitch, blackwork, whitework, samplers, hand painted canvas, etc. There is nothing wrong with that type of crafter, if you then picked up a needle tatting set and know that you will not pick it up again, then get rid of it.
If you are like me and you fully intend to try every craft that catches your interest and at least get decent at it, then do not worry about your supplies. (Unless we are talking hoarder where you do not have room to move in your house). I’ve picked up a couple of crafts I did not have time for previously, I’m also working on more paper based projects. This works for me, I go in bursts, do whatever works for you. Do NOT Allow Anyone to Stash Shame You! Especially if they do not craft themselves. Admittedly if you have two huge rooms of sock yarn and you only knit using worsted, then you might have to rethink a few things.
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