Doing all this “craft”work I think a lot..as you do when you are spinning or knitting or weaving or doing any kind of craft really. I believe that people who make things by hand and are involved in creating something from scratch have something special going on.
Making things by hand gives you a huge advantage over the people who just get the stuff ready made from the store. The first thing they miss out on is ofcourse that they have no clue whatsoever what kind of work or design goes into the finished garment or product. People who make things by hand themselves have a totally different relationship with products. We not only see the finished product but we can look beyond that and see and understand the workmanship that went into it, what it is made of. Secondly and this may sound strange to say it like this, but I do believe that we, who make things by hand, have a stronger bond with nature and appreciation of mother earth and the animals. It can ofcourse go to extremes when you start looking at random things and find yourself talking out loud, scaring those around you, by saying “Hey! I could spin that !!!!! “..pointing to a very fluffy looking animal or even cotton balls at the supermarket.
Needless to say our hoarding abilities are excellent, because everything can be used for something, even the little scraps of fabric can go into a handspun yarn or making a toy or a scrunchie (or chouchou as they are also called ). I love craft..any kind of craft..which makes it a lot harder to focus on one specific thing…it’s like the dog in the Disney movie “UP” concentrating and then all of a sudden yelling out “Squirrel !!!” Us crafters are a different breed that’s for sure..and some day they might even find that there is something like a Crafty Creative Gene !
The one other thing that crafters have in common is the fact that our breed always says there are not enough hours in the day to do what we want to do. I think that creative craft gene is definitely making the existence of a “being bored”gene in our breed impossible. We can never ever get bored. Get used to it! There is always so much to create and new things to learn !!! Don’t you wish you would have a built in USB port and could download information super fast about anything? : Lace knitting, making socks, weaving . just plug the file in and whoa! In 5 sec flat you know how to do all that intricate technical stuff you always wanted to know. But , I think that is only possible in the movie “The Matrix”and for all of us here in the “real”world, the only way to gain knowledge is to practice and learn over time and time is something all of us crafting creative gene folk just don’t have an abundance of. We multitask to the extreme and if I would have to make a list of the things I did in a day, that alone would send me into chaos land. Fortunately for me I do not make lists like that…it would just take too much time..lol. I do believe I went from multitasking (=doing several things at the same time) to so called “shift tasking”.. What I am trying to do is strategically layer my work tasks so that I am not pairing two resource intensive things at the same time. It means that I work on one project for a period of time and then shift to the next project. I know it is probably not ideal either , but at least it is less over powering and feels more like a train switching tracks or like how we work on the computer or “smart”phone now-a-days. It may sound exhausting but it is actually less so than the multitasking bit. Shifting between competing priorities may be the best I can manage until a rare windfall of time becomes available…I live in hope …
Well, my crafty creative gene has been on a roll lately and it’s ofcourse doubled in creative chaos ever since June 1st arrived. You know it is only roughly a month to go to the Bendigo Show!!!???? It’s this time of year our living room and every other room in the house actually ..looks like a fibery bomb went off: there are tops drying off racks, curtain rails..everywhere, yarns all around and a mountain of fluff the size of Mount Everest being prepped and dyed. I have to admit I was very very happy that the custom orders I promised to have finished before the Bendigo Show have left the building and are now being patted and hugged in their new homes. Now it is working on the gigantic list of stuff to do in the next 4 weeks and then it’s SHOW TIME !!!!
oh how is my flu going you ask? Well say no more, it is still there and making a bundle for the tissue industry. Hachooo!
And the bunnies? All the bunnies are doing great and other haircut sessions have been successfully completed. Especially the smoke grey and the chocolate browns have been proven to be high in demand. Topping, our chocolate bunny is a bit off her food and only wants to eat her greens and grass hay.She loves broccoli, cauliflower and kale leaves but doesn’t want to touch any seeds or grains. She is getting a bit older but it always worries me when their eating habits change: bunnies are so fragile.
One of the custom orders was to make a lavender french provencal art yarn with tailspun mohair curls ..here’s the result. The hardest part was not the spinning, but trying to get the colour just right for the customer. Colour is highly subjective, so somebody might have a totally different idea of what the colour “green”should look like. That is why I always ask for pantone ref nrs to compare what my brain tells me what colour it actually is. The most difficult request I ever had was to make a variegated yarn of “greens” and when I asked What greens? the reply I got was "well, you know..green"....
This Lavender colour was very very hard as well but thanks to good communication, getting the right colour combos was possible.
Magic Bunny Tops
Buddhas Tears Tea
IxCHeL Club sign ups are Open !
IxCHeL Fibre Club July, August and September 2013
The IxCHeL Sock Yarn Club July, August and September 2013
IxCHeL Mini skein Club July, August and September 2013
IxCHeL Funky Bunny Batt Club July, August and Septmebre 2013
There is a woolcraft schedule available at the farm or you can email Dot : Dotv5@optusnet.com.au.
Entries for your fiber art closes on June 14th and there are lots of prizes to be won!
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