Got home last night, thoroughly exhausted, and fell into bed for ten hours. Still feeling woozy this morning, though – I absolutely loathe airplane travel – so didn’t attempt anything difficult.
Instead I spent a little while doodling with Fiberworks PCW. Network drafting and a little cut, paste, and reverse sequence produced this draft:
I’m not sure it deserves to be categorized as network drafted since there’s a reversal in the treadling and the threading is a point threading, but whatever you call it, it’s pretty. I think I will use it to weave off the next eight yards of the Infinite Warp, which will be a gift to a seamstress I know. After considerable debate I think I’m going to weave it up in black and white – mostly because I have 400 grams of similar-weight black cashmere in my stash, and dyeing fine cashmere is a royal pain. If I decide the contrast is too strong, I may overdye it later, probably a pale beige or pale gray, to make the contrast a little less striking.
Meanwhile, I wrote another 2,500 words during my trip, so the book is making real progress. I’ve decided to expand the topic from learning a single craft quickly to learning to problem-solve craftwork generally, and work across multiple disciplines at once. This seems more interesting and complex to me than just talking about a single craft – especially since I’ve realized that I rarely pick up a new craft in a vacuum, and that problem-solving skills are one of the most useful things a crafter can have in his/her arsenal. This will let people build on existing skills as well as pick up a new one.
So this is an exciting development, book-wise. I’m planning to continue working on it as I have time between house, getting in shape, weaving, and othersuch. Still hoping to average 500 words/day for the next month or so. That would get me to 15,000 + 7,500 already written = 22,500, which is probably about 1/3 to 1/2 the finished length. I don’t anticipate this being a big book, unless I come up with more material than I expect I will!