Well, this has been a very interesting couple of seasons for me. In May I was rushed to hospital for pancreatitis (pancreas swells and eats itself, non-medical definition) and it was a looong four days of pain and inactivity. I missed the last monthly meeting of the Seattle Weavers Guild (SWG) and the Sheep to Shawl activity at the Fair due to healing. Healing was a long process, 7 weeks before I felt “normal” again. I began knitting once I had the strength to do anything and let my weaving projects sit. I have become obsessed with knitting!
Summer came and went with the healing process, trying to walk again, and trying to figure out what to eat now that I had become, officially, a diabetic. I knitted on and it kept me focused on healing and on crafts.
Finally in September I measured out a warp for a “Fall Runner” for my dining room table. It is sleyed, but sitting, waiting for me to finish the process. Since I used to be a “full-speed ahead” kind of girl, I have slowed down to a “stay in the moment” kind of girl and this has been good for me. Although, this knitting has taken over my life!
Here is what I have finished since I started feeling better:
So, I still weave, but obviously knitting has taken over my life!!
Today is Monday, my usual day for “domestic duties.” Aha! I have finished my duties, because I live in a small apartment this is easy! So, now, I contemplate: Knit? Weave? Finish making that little book? Write? Spin? Ahh, so many crafts to craft, what is a girl to do?
Write! So, here I am writing. I am actually settling into a good routine of crafting, doing my knitting in spare moments, weaving when my husband is working on his book, spinning when I need some meditative time and making my books whenever the mood hits. Hmmm, sure doesn’t sound like the anal person that I have been in the past. I guess my mantra of “live in the moment” is finally sinking in.
Unfortunately, my “no more volunteering” has not sunk in. I have volunteered to help at the Pullayup Fair in September and the Seattle Weavers Guild October Sale, with whatever they want me to do. I will also volunteer for the Vashon Island Sheepdog Trials for the Fiber area, probably spinning, but maybe weaving too, in June. I also signed up for the Hospitality Table at the Seattle Weavers Guild. Oh, and I usher at church too. My goodness, I have gotten involved!
Next week is the Puget Sound LYS Tour = Local Yarn Store Tour!!!! I can hardly wait to go. The Tour is from Lynden, WA all the way down to Kent, WA and features 26 yarn stores. Each store will be open from 10am until 8pm with special knit/crochet patterns made for the Tour attendees, a button for your yarn bag and discounts on yarn. There are also prizes for those that get their passport stamped at each store. It goes from Wednesday May 17 through Sunday May 21. I am driving a car load of ladies on Wednesday and we are going to have a blast. Another group of us will hit the road in a different direction on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Here is the info: lystour.com. If you have never done this, it is truly a blast! It is fun to see the different types of yarn, that each store carries; to meet the owners of the different stores; to get free patterns and the excitement of vying for a prize! So many yarn stores, so little time!
Well, I have written so now is the time to finish my little book. 😎
I have been weaving and knitting for the last year since we have moved here. I suppose it is “Show and Tell” time for me too.
3 Handmade Books
Gracie’s Knitted and Felted Cat House
tapestry woven scarf beginning
Seahawk hat and mittens for my new grandson
Yesterday, 23 Feb 2017, I had the privilege of going to a Seattle Weavers Guild meeting in Seattle. Wow! I was wowed by the amount of people attending; by the beautifully woven garments worn by attendees; the “Hot of the Loom” show and tell on display and discussed; the friendly people I met and the program. The Speaker was Kathrin Weber of Blazing Shuttles and she was very, very good. She dyes her warps and weaves the most colorful pieces I have ever seen.
I have waited for a year to begin getting involved with different groups here in the area that I live in. I didn’t wait to find a yarn store! I go to an awesome yarn store in Edmonds, WA called, “All Wound Up”. It is run by a mother-daughter dynamic duo that aim to please and educate. It has the nicest yarn, best prices and sweetest people ever. I spend at least a couple of days a week there knitting and chatting with the friendly customers and staff, oh, and petting the yarn!
My trek to the Seattle Weavers Guild was so wonderful. I had been reading their web site and meeting individuals that are members off and on for the last year, while we got settled into our life in the PNW. So, I finally had the 4th Thursday of the month free from other appointments and drove to Seattle for the whole day. The meeting hall is huge and was filled with people and beauty and color!
I met so many wonderully nice people, especially ones that wanted to help you get going forward in your weaving. Or Spinning. I met a lot of Spinners too! Fun place.
I mailed my SWG application for Membership today and hope by March I will have an offical “nametag” and be a “real” member, not just a virtual one!
Well, I have not been too busy on this blog, have I? Since the Fair we have had quite the Fall. Our precious Whippet dog, Zoe, died and that was devastating. Then we made an effort to simplify our lives in our 900 sq ft townhouse. That meant getting rid of all the junk we had accumulated in the closets, the garage and the “attic” or loft in the garage. We had not parked the car in the garage for several years and since closing our business, Native Life Designs, we had filled the garage up even more. I spent September cleaning out junk, you know, the things we just couldn’t live without years ago and we wonder now why on earth did we keep that? It was freeing yet there wasn’t a lot of weaving happening. I did manage to get a shawl finished for myself out of some awesome linen from a friend. She was also cleaning out her stuff and I bought it off of her for a good price.
Then in October we had a blizzard. After cleaning up from that we finished more cleaning out of the garage. Then we bought another used car and NEEDED the car to be in the garage instead of out on the driveway or street. So, the garage got cleaned out so well that we can now park the car in the garage! Amazing.
By the end of October I had decided to step lightly into the crafting business. I made a cute little lamp out of recycled pieces and hand woven handspun for the shade. I named my new enterprise Handcrafters Schack (my middle and maiden name) and consigned the first piece to a wonderful new crafters store here in Rapid City, called Dakota Pines (www.dakotapines.com). I am working on other lamps now and hand woven lamp shades, we will see how far this goes. No Etsy shop, or website yet, just testing out things for now.
I have also painted several rooms in the house and had the privilege of meeting my son’s girlfriend over Thanksgiving. I am excited about the future for them and for us. We are taking a short vacation over Christmas since we can’t get together with the kids this year.
Here’s a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year wish for you. Enjoy your holidays, your family and your life.