I’ve been feeling quite impatient recently, on several fronts:
- The warp is taking longer than I expected to put on. I finished winding the thirty-one MILES of thread yesterday, and put it laboriously onto lease sticks and started threading this morning. It’s taking me 12-13 minutes per inch, which comes out to about 5 inches/hour, or about four and a half hours for the twenty-one inches left to thread. It will probably take another two hours to sley the reed, and then I have to make some loom adjustments before I’m able to start weaving – so it will probably be Tuesday at least before I can actually get weaving. I’d hoped to get there sooner!
- The latest issue of Handwoven is out, and my Kodachrome Coat is the cover!! I’ve been reading everyone else’s squeals of joy at the latest issue and feeling terribly left out – my copy hasn’t arrived yet, and I’m starting to wonder if it ever will! I can’t wait to see it.
- I haven’t had the time I wanted to work on muslins, and between weaving and the Handwoven article I’m working on, not to mention some upcoming work as Complex Weavers Publicity Chair, it feels like I’m never going to get there.
In short, I’m feeling overcommitted, impatient, and frustrated.
Which is why it was such a delight to get a comment from a blog reader on a post I wrote long, long ago, from Southeast Asia. It made me go back and reread the post, which is indeed delightful, and which reminded me of the joys of the road, and the fun in just letting things go and trusting in the universe to carry you where you want.
Here is the post: http://www.tienchiu.com/2002/11/arrived-in-ranong/. (It’s really hard to summarize without mangling, so I’ll just let you read it yourself.)
Having read that, I’ve decided that I’ve been focused too much on expectations, and need to let go of my mental to-do list. It’s not the doing of things that is stressing me out, but the juggling of all the to-dos in my head. So I’m going to write all the to-dos down in Evernote, organize them in order of importance, and then take the top item from the list and forget about all the others. One thing at a time, and don’t fret the rest. (Oh, and have fun along the way, too, because fun is the whole point, isn’t it?)
And, because every blog post should have a picture, here is the fully-beamed warp beam, with 55,000 yards (3.75 lbs) of 60/2 silk neatly wrapped around it. Isn’t it a thing of beauty?