Knitting · weaving · Writing

Every Day is a New Day

I’ve been finding a lot of ways to avoid writing. Firstly, I challenged myself with a new-to-me method of knitting. Well, not entirely new to me as I had knitted “top-down” sweater patterns before, but those patterns always resulted in raglan sleeves … you know, the ones with a diagonal seam from armpit to collar. Not the best design for someone with a pear-shaped figure like myself. This new-to-me method, designed by Julie of Cocoknits, has a tailored yoke and pattern variations for different body types.

Are you all still with me?

I bought the Cocoknits sweater book and workbook and even a work stand (which I haven’t yet used but it came with a nice hemp bag that I could put all my tools in so that was handy). I do have some issues with the book as it was written in a narrative style, and I spent a lot of time flipping pages to figure out what to do when. I also had three false starts (meaning I started knitting and then had to rip out and start again because I misunderstand the instructions). Eventually, I also realized that it would be best to use the stash yarn that’s been wallowing in my cedar chest for the past 20 years. If the sweater is a failure, no great loss then.

And I persevered … much better than I do with my writing. For some reason, I rarely, if ever, give up on my knitting. Following is the result of my labor. Yes, this is a selfie. I do NOT enjoy taking selfies but my husband was busy and I just wanted to get it over with. The “pose” is simply to show a sleeve, not my hair, but … whatever.

 

As if that were not enough to distract me from writing, I decided to weave potholders. Yes, you read that right. Potholders.

Many, many years ago, long before I moved to California, I learned to spin yarn and weave at a college I briefly attended. I fell in love with both activities and when it was time for me to pay tuition for the Spring semester, I decided instead to buy a 4-harness floor loom and move back home. The loom I bought is similar to the one below, but mine had four treadles instead of six.

Light-colored wood weaving loom with four harnesses and six treadles.
Four harness, six treadle floor loom from Harrisville Designs.

I wove a few things, dragged the loom across the country with me, wove a couple of more things, then sold my loom to a friend when I moved into a studio apartment that simply didn’t have enough room for it. Since then, I’ve wanted to resume weaving, but haven’t felt like I have the space for it or the dinero. And now I feel totally out of touch with weaving.

I subscribe to a magazine called Little Looms which promotes weaving on small, even tiny, looms. A recent issue had an article on weaving potholders. I know I wove potholders when I was a kid, but my memories are vague. That said, I was hooked (no pun intended) by the article. I promptly ordered a potholder kit from Friendly Looms (which just happens to be affiliated with Harrisville Designs, the company from which I bought my floor loom all those years ago). Of course, I also had to buy a pattern book. Of course.

 

Wendy wondering what all this has to do with her.

Here’s my first potholder.

After I shared these photos on Facebook, two of my relatives asked me to make a couple for them. Cool.

Weaving potholders is a meditative practice. It also doesn’t take long to make one. It’s almost instant gratification compared to knitting a sweater.

But, in truth, I have been writing. I joined a group in the SmokeLong Fitness Community and have written a bit. I want to share what I’ve written here. I just need to figure out how I want to do that.

And if you’ve read this far … here’s your gratuitous cat photo.

My little boy Raji loves snuggling up to my big boy Junior.

 

 

42 thoughts on “Every Day is a New Day

  1. I love that photo of you, and I’m so impressed that it’s a selfie!
    I’m also impressed by your knitting and weaving. I have no idea how to do either. I’ve always thought looms are so cool, and it’s kind of hypnotizing to watch one in use.

    You’ll write when you want to write. There’s nothing wrong with expressing your creativity through textiles. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Merril. My need to work with my hands, with yarn and looms and needles, feels so visceral right now. But I’m learning to be satisfied with my writing, too. It comes to me more easily when I don’t force it.

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  2. Ditto the above comment, LOVE the photo of youβ€”I dyed half my hair that color for a while! And the sweater is very pretty and so are your potholders. As to the loom you don’t have room for and cannot afford? People get rid of them or maybe someone dies and no one wants [another] loom. That’s how I got mine. And I have been offered two more. Best wishes in this pursuit!

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  3. I repeat what I told you on Instagram: That is a fabulous photo of you! Way to timer it, Marie! I love the sweater, too. Looks so comfy. I, frankly, am in awe of your knitting and weaving prowess. And I agree with Merril, you’ll write when, where, how much you will; when you will!

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    1. Thank you again, Dale! You know, I forgot to mention that I did use a timer and a tripod for my selfie … maybe that’s obvious because if I had held my phone, all you would have seen was a big nose … lol.

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  4. A woman this morning was encouraging me to investigate tiny looms. After I told her I was a knitting failure. Now I read this. Might be the universe talking to me… I love the potholder AND the sweater. Both wonderful in their own ways.

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    1. Thank you, Ellen! There are all kinds of tiny looms out there, peg looms and the like. I’m eager to explore using regular yarn on my potholder loom, rather than the cotton loops, and seeing what I can create. I’m thinking of nice sturdy placemats and cat mats πŸ™‚

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  5. Like the others, I love your selfie – fantastic rep of all us females in the prime of life. Thanks for the kitty-fix. Looks like they were all on good behavior during their own photo shoot!
    😎

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  6. I want Potholder Pro! I had a little metal loom when I was a girl and could make potholders. I loved doing it. Your potholder and your sweater are beautiful. I like how you wove this story together.

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    1. Thank you, Ally! I’m looking forward to seeing what else I can do with my metal frame. I’m glad I got the Pro. I want to make mats for my cats, and I’ll be able to do that faster with the Pro πŸ™‚

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  7. Hi Marie! Loved your creations – but more importantly, glad you’re writing! Had not read from you in awhile so came looking for you here…makes me happy to see you smiling and writing and creating – beyond just the words!
    Keep well!

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    1. Aw, Natalie, how sweet of you to check on me. I was writing, but I’m hitting a dry spell again. I think I have to go with the flow. Thank you for your kind words about my creations πŸ™‚

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  8. Oh, Marie! I do believe we are kindred spirits from our past lives, or we are destined to meet in Heaven as kindred spirits there. UNLESS we make our way to the middle of this country and meet there! Here’s why: (1) difficulty writing (I haven’t touched my blog since August 2022; (2) health issues persist keeping me depressed and not writing; (3) loving needle work and handheld projects (just bought new blanket pattern that works into mitered blocks that are then joined to make bigger blocks until it’s big enough for a blanket of lap size [got it?] [on my second tutorial and third, or maybe fourth start] because like you I persist in my knitting; not yet into weaving potholders again; and (4) we both love our kitties.

    And ranking in order of favorites, I love the photo of you in your new sweater, which I also love. Additionally, love your hair. Up next is your love of weaving. If you want to see some gorgeous weaving, check out this blog: Imperfect Patience @ https://janpriddyoregon.wordpress.com/. Jan is a fascinating person with many creative talents, among which are writing and weaving. Without leaving anything out, I love your kitties and mine! Oh, yes, I love you too!

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    1. Oh, Sherrey, what a wonderful comment! You’ve made my day πŸ™‚ I love the idea of that blanket you are knitting. It sounds like a challenge, but one that will be truly rewarding. I do follow Jan Priddy and have (almost literally) drooled over the photos of her weaving. Thank you for all your kind words. Focus on what makes you happy, what gives you pleasure, what makes you grateful for the moment. I’m learning that resting is NOT a bad thing … lol. In a weird sort of way, having health issues has led to me reading more and that is not a bad thing either. Take care, my friend. I love you too!

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