Friday, November 04, 2005

Connections

Thank you all for your comments and suggestions on my impending lace project. And it feels like that: a bit of the doomsday about it, in its all whiteness, and its laciness.

I've decided to make the Leaf Lace shawl, mostly because of its more stockinetteness, if that makes sense: fewer holes (lace without holes, now there's a project for me). Anyway: I've taken your suggestions to heart about markers:

markers

I made a few more, to go with the existing crop:

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And because it came from Claudia, and because she actually knows me, I'm taking her suggestion to heart: I have along another, safer-bet project: fair isle mittens. To be honest, I have two *other* projects along too: one must never be caught without handwork.

All of your help is greatly appreciated, and reminds me of how nice it is to be connected to a community of fiber people. Locally, I have a great group of people whose opinions I trust, and the further-afield group of people connected through the internet: I may or may not actually know them all, but some I do, and others I may someday meet. We are lucky, lucky, lucky, that when we reach out, there is someone there.

A few weeks ago I attended a weaving meeting out of my area. I did not expect to know anyone there, but was pleasantly surprised to see that I did. I should have realized that after 30 years in a small geographic area, I would have connected with lots of people doing the same type of *work* that I love to do.

The connections go beyond the merely personal though. As weavers, spinners, dyers and knitters, we are a community without borders. We speak a common language, with which we can keep open the lines of communication, even when the political climate of our respective geographic areas would prefer that we not.

That common language spans time and space: generations of makers have shared our joy in the process of making. It is my hope that we can keep these connections alive, across borders and through time, as we learn from those who have gone before, and we pass on what we have learned.

We can continue to connect across borders as a single community, but only if we continue to communicate. If you are a maker who does not yet have a blog, consider it. My ramblings have sparked interesting commentary, and that feedback sometimes keeps me occupied and thoughtful as I work. We *need* more weaving blogs, especially.

We need more weavers. We need to support vendors, have enough people doing enough interesting things for lively conferences, and be able to pass on what we know. We can show people how simple weaving can be, and perhaps encourage people to learn. That's why Brandy's comment to my last post was so very gratifying. Brandy, I hope you do get a small loom and try, and that your child learns too. Weaving needs to be an everyday event, something people just do, not some far off, unattainable wish about something you might learn someday.

Me? gone fishing (well, gone knitting, and spinning, and weaving!).

5 Comments:

Blogger Marcy said...

Nice markers. :D

7:54 PM  
Blogger claudia said...

Quite right -- so nice to know that someone who gets it is out there.

It is wrong to be insanely jealous of those getting that wonderful silk?

Fair isle mitten back-up = excellent choice.

8:17 PM  
Blogger dragon knitter said...

i never leave home on a trip without at least 2 or 3 projects. you never know if you're going to finish one faster than you thought. in fact, (and this drives my fiance nutty) i'm more likely to put more planning into my knitting for the trip than what i'm going to wear. i can always knit myself something to wear! (this is why i didn't take a jacket with me on our last trip, i finished a poncho on the plane, lol!)

and i would love to try weaving myself. i used to belong to a cooperative that had several floor looms, and they made horse blankets. it was fun to watch (i'd sit on the bench next to the weaver), and i wanted to learn, but the cooperative dissolved shortly thereafter, and i never got the chance.

maybe after the kids are grown (that's not that far away, teh youngest is 11) i'll ahve space for something like that, lol.

and you are an inspiration, i always love to see waht you're working on next. thanks.

8:51 AM  
Blogger Cassie said...

Weaving is on my list as a next up thing to learn. The more I read, though, the more I feel a need for learning from a teacher, which hasn't previously been the case in other fiber pursuits.

The fiber community is wonderful, welcoming and instructive. I for one would also love to see more weaving blogs.

9:36 AM  
Blogger aswego said...

Speaking of getting hooked on weaving, I've purchased the Kids Weaving book you'd recommended, and am eager to get started. Do you treat the copper pipe with anything to keep it from tarnishing? For that matter, do you have any tips for working with the copper pipe as opposed to the PVC? Many thanks!

3:10 PM  

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