I'm trying to get the rhythm of not having to go to work. I'm also trying to not be over-
whelmed with the monumental partially completed projects that I initiated but didn't have time to complete. They nag me. I've finished up the last of my bags. I do believe that I'll set them aside, as much as I love how they turn out. They were great for knitting in between things when I only had minutes to knit and didn't have time for complicated instructions.
I've been spinning for the last couple of months a variety of wools with the plan to dye them with natural dyes, then make hats for the Artisans store with the softer wools and more bags with the luster longwools. Ever since Linda showed me her workbook from CNCH (Conference of Northern California Handweavers) on double weave, I've been rethinking everything.
The bags are great, they sell quite well and I love the compli-
ments I get, but I think I'm done. Those were my therapy knitting. I've been looking at my weaving books and think a dougle weave wall hanging from natural dyed wools is just what our entry is waiting for.
First I need to learn how to double weave, and I'll get started on that just as soon as I finish weaving off the ancient project on the loom in the guest room.
I read an interview in the December issue of American Style this morning. I am just as backed up in my magazines and I am in my projects. The subtitle was "Nancy Jurs and Wendell Castle are married, but not melded." They met in art school and have carried out parallel but independent art careers for 35 years. He headed the furniture department at the School of American Crafts and has "10 Adopted rules of Thumb." Here are two: If you do not expect the unexpected, you will not find it and If you hit the bulls-eye every time the target is too near.
She is an installation ceramicist and raku potter. I loved a quip from her most expecially, "My life has gotten so busy that it now takes up all of my time." Right on!
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