“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. If you’re making mistakes, you’re doing something,”― Neil Gaiman
I love this thought. And I want to keep it in mind for the new year. Now for another holiday mishmash entry.
During the crazy crunch of holiday food/family/festivals I found myself leaving the color and frenzy in the house and kitchen (and thanks to Keldaby Farm on our feet)
and focusing on simple weaves in luxury materials. I wove two scarves in the mill-end 28/1 cashmere used tripled.
Some might think that the selvedges should have been threaded in a plain weave or basket, but I really like my “mistake”. The lacy delicacy of those edge floats really appeals.
I have been working on a twisted fringe variation . . . still figuring it out . . .
I also have 10 yards of hemp in bleached and natural on the loom, and I am using a very fine linen weft for a set of dinner napkins to go with the raw silk/linen rep placemats. The materials are so appealing that weaving yards and yards of plain weave is pure pleasure (as well as a welcome intermittent break from the divine but complexly intertwined family life in the holiday house.)
We had a fab visit from two of my husbands life-long friends after Christmas – one of whom has assembled his own drone – and has been repairing it by printing parts on his 3-D printer! He flew it for us and took aerial pictures of our house –
We had an exciting afternoon.
Our pets seem to have had a relaxing holiday despite the general frenzy
And most of my “makey” impulses were directed at festive projects.Despite having so many holiday things to do I did get to enjoy working on an interesting project with my older son. We made a “Hakama” for him to wear almost like a snow pant in Providence. Hakama are traditional Japanese wide-legs pants. We went to Osgoods fabric store in Springfield which is always a bitter-sweet experience for me because the place is enormous, filled with a million amazing fabrics and always begs the question . . . “why weave?” But we got some old wool blend fabrics for the hakama/haori that look great and are very warm. I love working with my son on these creative art student fashion ideas.
So for 2014, few miserable mistakes, many miraculous mistakes and the courage to make them all.
P.S. I promised (and forgot . . .) to post a pic of Joy Pond’s great towel that I got at the WeaveMeet towel exchange. Here it is – and remember Rust and neon LIME green . . . miracle!