Getting on

I’ve contemplated renaming the blog “Trivialities of common life” or some such, because everything has slowed down so much even my thoughts are frozen.

And I’m beginning to realize that I can’t keep postponing all of my projects until I have space to do them unhindered, because that studio thing is going to take forever and ever to be done. So long that I’m beginning to suspect I won’t be needing it anymore, because I’ll have come to a complete creative standstill, my last remnants of intelligence content to ponder the laundry…

Or I can begin to kick start myself again and try to ignore that the kittens destroy everything I touch. 😉 Oh well, it was worth a shot to minimize house cleaning, but I guess I found out the price is boredom. Time to get messy.


There’s a referral to MRI my back sent off, it could be a few months before I get a date around here. ETA: Just got an appointment for Jan 22nd. My GP let me try a different pain med which seems to help some, and I’ve set up a loom with a simple leftovers yarn project which can be woven with the right leg alone. Although I do have a weird pain on the front of my hip there (I think probably iliopsoas bursitis), which has worsened lately, so we’ll see how far I get with that brilliant idea. Anyone care to sponsor me €6000 for a Toika compudobby to put on the Glimåkra? 24 shafts and a sewing machine pedal…

I’ve had an urge to paint for a while, but my corner up in the loft keeps getting too cluttered, currently from junk after the electrician drilled holes and left bits of wiring all over the room. Tools spreading out of their designated zones even when we’re not working up there, I swear! So I really should look into tapestry again or doodling and sketching, but I keep thinking paint splattering, not lines, so not completely motivated. Actually my paints are quite possibly frozen since I already moved them to the loft. Do you think a styrofoam box would help, or do I need to turn the heater on more often? (currently 3 hours at night on a timer)

Spinning is out until the girls grow up, but I’ve found a cover for the tapestry loom so they can’t climb it to kill those tempting bobbins. Not sure what will happen when I’m actually using it, perhaps I should design a tent instead for me to sit inside. Oh, hey, I could make a cover for my new easel as well and b****r the chalk dust up there.

There truly is something to the (well known in cat circles) expression “Naughty Tortie”. Look like angels, behave like Dennis the Menace.

The exact moment to fire up the spinning wheel

There is of course the photoshopping I was threatening to do, but I wasn’t allowed focus over the holidays, so that is another engine I need to reboot now. In other words, it’s taking me a long time to adapt to my limitations, I still just want to be functional all the time. It’s interesting, because in other areas I’m flexible, adaptable to change and like to try new things. I even admit when I’m wrong! 😉 Question is of course, whether I’d actually be happier if I resigned.


Adding to the entertainment I thought it was time to learn about tablet weaving, so I warped up my RH loom a few days ago. Could have used a more contrasty yarn, but it was what I had in a type that’s good to work with. I also imagined the band would be twice as wide, but I guess I’m allowed a few beginner mistakes. I think it would be cool to have companion bands to some of the fabrics I dream of weaving, for trims, bag handles, whatever. Bracelets?

And then I hide it in the bathroom when I’m not weaving.


Because knitting just doesn’t keep my brain occupied enough even though the sensible thing to do would have been to just finish those wips. It was such a terrific idea to pick dark splitty yarns for evening tv watching. (Still working our way through House with occasional breaks for Vicar of Dibley). Schedule a compulsory half hour a day perhaps?

Very thick alpaca cardigan which I would have loved to wear in this weather.

The day is now 19 minutes longer!!! It’ll be summer before we know it.


18 thoughts on “Getting on

  1. I know the feelings, my Words on Weaving blog now seems to be about anything other than weaving! Once you stop working on a project it seems to take a long time to get motivated to pick it up again. I have a set of cards but have not tried card weaving yet – when I find some time…….

    1. I find that I work best in serial mode. Still like to have several different crafts, but shifting topic on a daily basis creates stress and less productivity, fewer ideas. And I need to be able to at least switch when I feel like it, not because of which room happens to be the most quiet that day.

  2. Certainly the case when you have a number of interests, projects, etc. and then yes, there’s the laundry. The studio here still needing work, not enough near completion to start putting things in there…only to get covered with saw dust ( writing workshop at the end of the month…but we can all write among saw dust). Some days I go up to the room where I stash everything….drum carder, fabric, felting supplies, and feel overwhelmed by the chaos. Your work is stunning, Pia and I do hope you are able to continue…to find the space and to be able to treadle without pain. It seems like the days can click by without the ability to tackle anything with efficiency, I know this feeling too and it always discourages me, always trying to find the right systems! best to you…..also…love that dk shade of green, a real jewel of a color!

    1. Yes, I thought I was all good to go when we were done with the timber – but then I found out I have to saw some of the drywall too because you can’t break off corners or really narrow strips.

      And thanks! :bear: <3

    1. Now that’s interesting, because I think I’m a lazy person. I take a million sitting breaks in a day, I always shirk housework, I don’t juggle job and kids as others do besides their hobbies and social activities of which I have very few also. Possibly you confuse me with my MIND, which is very active and over achieving, LOL. It goes off in happy fireworks when I present it with learning and puzzles, and resorts to weird useless nagging when it’s bored. Really, when I put it like that, it’s no wonder my poor corpus can’t keep up…. 😉

  3. Dit brikvævning ser godt ud, og smart idé med at bruge rammevæven. Har du overvejet sekskantede brikker? Du burde seriøst få en session med “min” massør. Bare du boede lidt tættere på. Og, ja, det er ganske utroligt, hvordan ting breder sig ud over alle overflader. Man begynder næsten at tro på nisser.

    1. Tror lige jeg prøver et par bånd med 4 huller før jeg vrider min hjerne yderligere. 😉 Er i gang med at samle mønstre og lære at tyde dem.

      Skal have lavet et sæt kort hvor hullerne sidder længere inde, der er ikke helt plads til at tage fat.

      1. Ja, det kan være svært ar ramme. Mine er bare gamle spillekort og så huller fra en hulmaskine. Til start vævede jeg et bånd med forskellige mønstre fra den samme opsætning. Ikke særligt kønt, men meget nyttigt. De sekskantede etr et vildt eksperiment, jeg helle ikke selv er nået frem til endnu 😉

  4. I can see why you’re kind of at sixes and sevens with yourself–so much mental energy and so many restrictions on physical options. And I can completely relate to the kitten issues–I realized I have had the same warp on my loom since we got our kitten in early August! We had to put the loom in room with a door and I don’t like going in there and shutting myself away for hours so it’s going very slowly. But that kitten is so darn cute . . .

    1. I expect they’ll calm down by next year or so. 😉 Which, let’s face it, is a lot quicker than human kids.

  5. Veldig flotte bånd du lager! Mitt verksted er også rotete, har en diger nedpakket vevstol stående i garasjen (det er ikke plass til noe annet der nå) som kom fra Finland før jul. Jeg må flytte om på ting på verkstedet for å få plass til den. få nye hyller etc. Og så er det engros-messe om litt over to uker og Jokkmokks vintermarked rett etterpå, må laget tekstiler til dette. Så jeg kommer nok ikke i orden med det første jeg heller….

    1. Mit værksted er kun rodet fordi det ikke er bygget færdig endnu. Når jeg flytter ind bliver det såååå fint. Hahahahahahahahahahaha.

      Jeg har regnet ud at jeg skal bruge hjælp 5 weekender mere, efter det er det bare male, sætte hylder op, flytte ind. Måske 1. marts hvis jeg er heldig?

  6. I too have many limitations on what’s possible, both in terms of available time and my body’s failings, but when I run into a patch like you describe I tend to put everything away and challenge my brain through my reading. And I go through all the unfinished things that were weighing me down and ask myself if I’m done with them. Often I realise they have served their purpose – a new skill learned or different fibre tried – and that finishing them is quite unnecessary. Recycling the yarn, or adding the wool to the compost heap, is very freeing!

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