Sunday April 7th
This is how my week begins, with a work desk full of items in progress, from newly purchased colors to pieces just begun, to those one hour from being finished and every stage in between. This is my Array of Possibilities greeting me Sunday mornings after the Saturday market is done and gone and my next priority is to find a way to create new inventory by next Saturday. In the image above I can see everything I ideally want to create and how many hours each project represents. I also know how many hours I have to give in any given week. They are never the same number.
For those of you in the know, fiber does not always arrive in nicely wound balls you can crochet from. Usually it comes in a twisted loop called a skein, which needs one of these reeling contraptions to get into ball form. The machine does spin on its own momentum, but my hands get things started and keep them going. This “modern” device replaces a second set of willing hands which are almost never available for this sort of thing nowadays, or in a pinch, the back of a chair. Many a time-consuming tangle has been avoided thanks to this invention, which, like most designed for primarily women’s work, seems to allow more labor under the guise of making it easier.
Beading the Purple
This scarf came with me to my weekday job last week and almost made it to Saturday market but for two hours of fringe and beadwork I refused to wake up at 4am instead of 6am to accomplish. If all goes well, the new yellow scarf seen below will get further along than its purple cousin. Seeing 6 inches added to an item each day has always felt to me not like an additive but a subtractive process, in which the piece is not so much growing, as the empty space I can already see it filling is disappearing. I like to think of all creative processes as an erasing of emptiness, a conquest of the negative. Wherever there seems to be nothing, there really is something waiting to happen – we just can’t see it, or haven't made it, yet.
Monday April 8th on lunch break at work
Tuesday April 9th at home half watching tv
Wednesday April 10th end of day
Thursday April 11th
Friday April 12th before bed
Saturday April 13th 6am
Anything not done by bedtime Friday carries over to a rushed Saturday morning session reminiscent of those reality shows where a timer goes off and someone yells “utensils down!” I actually keep a clock on my workdesk. Once 8am rolls around, whatever is done is done, and whatever isn’t stays home. Sales have been poor the past two weeks, a mixed blessing, as I could have used the money, but as a result, I was able to build inventory and present an impressive table at market, the yellow scarf being part of the display.
Farmers Market Saturday April 13th
On Saturday night, I update my records, make notes on the market and plans for the new week, which brings us back to Sunday morning. Here is the beginning of the scarf I will work on all week, which only a week ago was just a skein of yarn being wound on a reeling machine.
Sunday April 14th
If I can’t meet my usually overly ambitious weekly goals by market, I at least like to end Sunday with the week’s items finished and brand-new projects planned and ready to bring with me over the next few days. These two wrist warmers feature Pima cotton, part of my new lightweight spring line. For some reason I chose to make one of each instead of following through with one pair at a time. They languished half-done all of last week while I focused on the purple scarf, and the same thing happened this week with the yellow scarf demanding all my attention as it got closer to completion from day to day. Maybe after I write this post I can finally give each of these now solitary items their proper mates!
Also today I hope to send out a spring newsletter to my current mailing list. If you have not already signed up, please do. I only send out a few newsletters a year, and with my recently irregular blog posting habits, it's a good way to find out what I've been up to. Meantime, you can always find my most current newsletter under the NEWS tab at the top of this page. Many thanks to my faithful followers, and happy spring - or autumn, depending on your hemisphere!