A (belated) Merry Christmas and seasons’ greetings to you all!
I was in this area years ago, but was not interested in weaving yet – only the finished product. I was gifted a beautiful jacket, purchased tablecloth sets, a lapghan, drawn by the vibrant colours and patterns.
Now I want to go back there and spend some time watching and learning what they do. They spin and dye their own yarn, and weave the cloth.
I wish there was more footage of the actual weaving, but the message they bring as well is important – as tourists interested in purchasing a ‘souvenir’, we shouldn’t haggle it down to the cheapest price. This is, after all, their livelihood, and as they said, they will never go beyond poverty if we are paying for less.
And what about all the discussions I see on the knit and crochet forums, the indignant posts about how their handmade items are worth the price, and therefore should not be questioned or counter-offered with a lower price? So why do we shortchange the makers of those handcrafted souvenirs that we come across in our travels?
Are they not also worth the time and price?
This popped up on my Facebook feed … and I immediately thought of yarn stashes. Ok, so my yarn stash, specifically, and am I really collecting, or just accumulating?
But when I buy yarn, I’m not buying yarn to add to a collection, but to add to the ‘To-Be-Used’ pile to use for the ‘To-Try-This-Pattern’ list …
Flipping through some old notes, I came across this while I sat through meetings last year and doodled to stay awake …
Since I’m on a mandala-drawing phase right now, I should enlarge this too. Then I think that maybe I should translate this into a crochet pattern … maybe an afghan, a blanket … Is there anything like this out there already? Maybe somebody else has already designed this (Frank O’Randle and his ‘change’ series and the Cathedral Window patterns are also similar), and there’s dozens of completed projects in this pattern. Anyway, I’m still going to try and see what I can do with this.
In the lobby of a building some weeks later, I looked down at the floor and saw this.
Now I have another idea for an afghan pattern.
*Ssigh* I need more hours in a day …
This is a long over-due post. I started it before the cards came in, then when I got the cards I forgot I had this post. So here it is, and the 10% discount is still good!
These are for the charity/cause groups that I manage and coordinate.
Beware … they have other products that are too cute – like stickers! I didn’t even think of that. I refrained from ordering those, but on hindsight, maybe I should have, since I won’t get a 10% discount if I do decide to get those later. The discount is only available on your first purchase. And for every person who clicks on the discount link here, and orders from them, I get some points to use towards the next purchase. And when you order from them, you’ll get your own discount link to share with your friends and followers, and when they order, you’ll get your points … and so on.
So go over and have a look at their products … you’ll like them.