Saturday, June 6, 2009

One step at a time

There are so many projects I am working on right now that I want to just finish and be done with, but I have little enthusiasm for any of them. I don't have startitis either; it's more like I have no focus. Sometimes I get sidetracked from one project and go off on something else for a while, and only much later return to the first thing, but all the while I at least have energy and creative juices flowing. This seems more like a long slog in the cold rain.

I have the ten-foot triangle loom that I borrowed set up in the living room, and am about a quarter done with the shawl I'm weaving, but am tired of weaving a thick and thin wool with mohair, in dark colors, under bad light. It's going to be absolutely stunning when I'm done, and it's for me, but it's hard to get excited about it. I finally got myself a headlamp to wear when I work on it, so I can see what I'm doing. I took a break from the two pounds of hand dyed Dorset roving to spin up some wool-mohair roving I got at MDSW (what is it with the mo? No mo mo!), which decided it wanted to be laceweight, and so took much longer than I had planned, and so was less of a break from the blue slog than a slog of its own. It's done as of last night, though, and I'm going to wait to ply it until I have another bobbin of blue done so I can ply them at the same time. The LB Homespun shawl finally has a destination, and is almost done -- another three or four rows and I can bind off, thanks be. There are a few more things, but I'm waiting to finish the shawl before I see what to deal with next.

Cold, rainy slog yes, but it's important to focus on the little steps. The shawl is almost done; the weaving is coming along; the orange crush laceweight is done, and the blue has an end in sight. I want to look ahead at all of the ideas that I have for next things, but have to restrain myself -- I have enough energy and time for what I have in front of me. The time and energy for the rest will come. One step at a time. Now if all the junk swirling around the rest of life would settle down and resolve itself the way the fiber projects do, I'd be ecstatic.

One step at a time.

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