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I’m operating on a schedule. During the week and on Saturday, I spend a good part of each afternoon actually making things at the Centre. In the mornings and evenings, I work on details such as crocheting that I can do at home, and adding things to the St. Lawrence Textile Centre Facebook Page, and adding entries here, and planning, and doing the basics of keeping the home fires burning. It almost feels like when I was back in school at FIT working my tail off but loving every minute. It especially resembles that time because I’m not making any money there at the moment.

Well, there’s not that much of mine to buy yet. But I’ve got a bunch of works in progress. I’ve made my second “Tunique”. Is that too precious a name?

Anyhow, the first one was absolutely plain in “mermaid skin” and the back bottom sort of cups. I didn’t plan that, but it isn’t a problem. The piece looks OK anyhow, so I hung it and put on a price.

The second one, there is no difference between the back and the front bottom. The neckline is a bit different from the first, because I lost track of my row count at one point. I’ve done the crocheting of it in a contrasting color and am adding crocheted sleeves in that same color. I’m still working on the sleeves and am not yet entirely certain whether I like them or not. Whether I like them or not and how fast they are working up may determine how long they are.

The third one is on my own knitting maching, which is a bit  different than Anne’s that I used for the first two. I’ve done the whole tunique part aside from the final cast-off,  but then I’ll steam it, turn it on the machine, and add sleeves on the machine. Because the threads were even lighter and tried to jump off the machine when I was casting on, I started with a  tighter stitch and reduced to a tigher one as well. Therefore, I needed to do more rows of each tightness. I did twice as many. It now looks rather narrow compared to the others, but longer as well, so I’m thinking of adding godet-ed panels to the sides to make it a dress. I’ll be really curious to see how it turns out.

I’m also working on a woven scarf on the little rigid heddle loom. It’s rather a coarse piece, maybe more a table runner than a scarf, but I won’t know that until it’s been washed. It feels good to be weaving again, even plain weave. I do miss the Macomber I worked on at school and the room I had to work. I probably should more the Harrisville to the Centre as well if I really intend to use it here. But something in me hopes for a heated space by the fall that I can move it to.


My e-mail box and the sites that I visit regularly seem to be fermenting like crazy. I hardly know which to follow (when I should, of course, be locating open jobs and filling in applications and such). There’s not enough time in my days.

The term “idea parties” comes to me from Barbara Sher’s books, the most famous of which, Wishcraft, is about to have its 30-year anniversary. Barbara Sher’s books are for people who have so many interests, they have trouble fitting them all into the usual pattern of life. The choose-a-specialty, build-a-lifetime-career-from-it, live-happily-ever-after pattern is not for them. First, they often have trouble choosing a specialty, even resent being asked to do so, and change interests too fast to do so. Second, the idea of doing one thing for the rest of their lives is their (my) idea of hell. So they have trouble designing a life they can live-happily-ever-after in the world that exists. She helps without forcing them (us) into holes we don’t fit. And having “idea parties” in which everyone pitches in to try and think of a way of life that fits all the requirements for an individual scanner (which is what she calls the folks she helps). Of course, all the folks involved help each other in this. The latest idea party to celebrate the anniversary is taking place on Twitter, which I just began learning to use in order to participate in it.

Meanwhile, there’s the Kluster group. I got involved with one of their projects, NameThis, a place where a crowd tries to name something with the best name getting some money. It isn’t perfect, and debates are continual, but it’s a cool idea.

Well, the founder of Kluster has been invited to the White House and is holding a sort of web-based idea party inviting folks involved in Kluster projects to suggest things for him to tell Obama when he gets his chance. Of course, we get to see each other’s ideas and rate them. I’ve already contributed several, and several of the other ideas invite the formation of idea parties in and of themselves. (I couldn’t resist one of mine being “Hire me!” because I’d love to work in the Obama administration.)

I’ve also suddenly got much more involved with Linked-In through groups with common interests, like mine of eventually having a line of clothing based on local resources and traditional hand skills. The exchange among us have the potential to turn into idea parties, especially once I borrow one of the ideas on the Kluster White House suggestion list, which was to establish a sort of to link up entrepreneurs lacking parts of what they need to really get started. The moment I read it, I thought that Linked-In would be the perfect place for such a thing, especially in this time when so many are out of work.

That’s not to mention the Knights News Challenge and Innocentive, both of which regularly send me opportunities to turn ideas into reality, and FaceBook, which I barely had a presence on at all until this weekend, when a contact made over the net came for a face-to-face visit.

Am I just avoiding the drugery of job-hunting? Is it something about hard times? What do you think is going on to cause all this ferment? And will it do us any good?

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  • @KathrynGoldman Saw your blog post on famous people in fiction. Have character who is supposed to be dead, turns out not to be. OK? 1 year ago
  • I'm back! I haven't posted in a long time, but since Joanie Freeman and I won Charlottesville SOUP, I feel the need to return. 5 years ago
  • Haven't been here on my new iPad. Page looks totally different. Where is the option to reply? And where are the RT's? 6 years ago
  • @The_Puck Same to you. You denial is damaging to yourself and all you care about, assuming there must be some of those. 6 years ago