Weaving for a Better Life

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.

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https://www.linktv.org/shows/women-in-focus/the-art-of-weaving-textiles-for-a-better-life

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?

 

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My Crafty Bucket List

As my mind whirled around and around with all these ideas that I had on how to modify that pattern, or that I had to download or print this pattern and try it out, and how that pattern would look so good in that special yarn I bought that’s still in its original packaging and tucked away, and how I have all these colour combinations in the yarn stash that I would like to put together for a nice big project, and …

So why don’t I just put together a bucket list of what I really want to do? Not just a list of ‘I have to try that sometime’, or ‘Add it to the to-do list and there it’ll stay list’, or ‘Really nice, for inspiration/eye candy list’.

This is a list of what my eyes and mind always comes back to after wandering around the internet or looking at magazines and the patterns that my fingers actually itch to start on, but for some reason or not the timing isn’t right.  So let’s see … The Crafty Bucket List (in no particular order):

1)  Entrelac – learn how to knit and crochet entrelac correctly.  I already downloaded the Craftsy class on this, and actually knitted the first two rows … then frogged.  I also tried the crochet version, from a tutorial on the internet.  Perhaps now, a year later, I have a better understanding of knitting and of the concept/construction of entrelac.  These are what I have been doing in the meantime when I can’t get the entrelac stitches to work out right …

manta hueco zigzag

Photo courtesy of Buscado Comienzos

2)  Granny Squares with a Zigzag Twist  –  I’ve already done a sample of this last year, but I didn’t like the colours, so it was put aside.  I think I’m over-thinking this again – you know, like the colour sequence, the design … it’s that analytical part of my brain that has to put things into some kind of structure … There’s really no reason why I can’t get this started yet … This is where I found the tutorial.

apache tears

Photo courtesy of Sarah London

3)  Apache Teardrops – another pattern that is perfect for using up all those scraps of left-over yarn.  It’s all crocheted on one side, no turning.  Again, my brain is liking that pattern with a zag that breaks the pattern … This particular photo is from Sarah London, but The Groovy-Ghan from A Creative Being, which also has a good tutorial, is what caught my eye first.

4)  A hexagon project – in the early days when I started crocheting, I had actually started on a hexagon project.  But I was using different types of yarn, and it was bunching up when joining them together, so I would try to improvise and make it work, and it didn’t look good.  It’s still in a bag in the closet … maybe I should take it out and see what I can do with it, now that I know a little more about crochet.

Image courtesy of Annie’s Attic

5)  The Cathedral Rose Window Afghan – Stained Glass Afghan – Kaleidoscope Afghan – yes, all time consuming, with numerous colour changes and a million pieces to crochet and then join together.  And yet each time I see the picture, I want to start one right away.  I already have a stash of Caron Harlequin and Black for the Cathedral Rose Afghan … and I signed up with a Kaleidoscope Crochet-Along … so it’s looking good for these two projects to get started on …

6)  Kitchener stitch and seamless grafting – yes, I also downloaded the Craftsy free class on this.  I think I’m ready for this … I keep thinking of how to seam the cowls so that you don’t notice the bind-off edge.

7)  A lacy beach coverup – for the first time, I’m actually thinking of making an article of clothing.  Knitting or crocheting sweaters, cardigans, skirts, etc has not appealed to me.  My mother crocheted matching dresses for my sister and I when we were younger.  While I didn’t mind them one way or the other, making clothes has not interested me at all.  Maybe because Hubby keeps telling me to make something useful, like a sweater (his sister knits them up nicely – and fast!), and why do I keep making accessories and afghans.  But sometime late last year, it suddenly entered my mind that I could crochet myself a beach cover-up for the summer … That should work up fast – I’m thinking that it’s going to be a mesh or filet pattern.

8)  A fine-lace/fingering weight project.  hmmm …. at this stage in life I think about working on a lace project when it looks like I will have to be regularly wearing glasses soon.  On the other hand, maybe I should start, before my eyes go completely. lol

9)  A Japanese pattern – any pattern – doily, scarf, shawl, etc. pineapple_doilies It was actually the doily and flower designs that hooked me, and I already bought the Japanese crochet books some years ago.  There’s something about their designs that just appeals to me … maybe it’s the Far East Asian connection.  Maybe it’s the delicateness of the designs and finished product.  Maybe it refreshes my eyes, seeing the same patterns from a different point of view.  Whatever it is, my eyes are always drawn to these.

10)  A woven blanket made with the Cricket loom.  Yes, eventually, with all the patterns and colour combinations that have been running through my mind.  Right now, I’m still fussing about the loom and experimenting …

So that’s my bucket list.  For some reason, my brain thinks I can work on several of this during this year – all at the same time.  It’s really all a matter of timing on when I can start on these items in between everything else, as well as how often I can work on the project without it being a WIP for so long.  But I’m liking this bucket list, so this will be it … for now …