A cleaning we will go…

So apparently getting a housemate has put my brain into re-organisation mode… and that meant re-organising, well, every cupboard! But most time-consumingly: the craft cupboard. No, not the yarn stash… that’s in the other cupboard. This is the cupboard that contains my million¬†other hobbies. Yes, there are more!

In truth though, I don’t do all of them anymore, so I did a bit of a cull as well. Crayons were handed to the neighbour’s children. Tissue paper was recycled. Old, dried out pens were removed. Coloured leads were put aside for family who use draughting pencils.

Curiously, among all the stuff in there were 2 circle cutters, 4 scalpels, 12 erasers (including no less than 4 retractable ones), 3 glue sticks, 3 bottles of white-out, 2 packets of Tip-Ex Correction Sheets (for typewriters), 7 types of paper clips (including ones shaped like pigs) and, well, a truck load of papers including notepaper with matching envelopes! Apparently I hoard.

Post cull and clean, the cupboard is so roomy! I was even tempted to start a new yarn area, but right now the space constraint stops me buying more yarn so… maybe not. Actually, maybe that’s where my finished scarfs could go…? That’s an idea!

Strangely, I do feel… lighter… for having culled. Partly because I can see and reach everything again, but also because I’ve reassessed what I want to be doing craft-wise. Other than weaving. Scandalous, I know!

The graph-paper gene

Happy 2018 peeps.

I keep thinking that it’s almost 2020 which, to a sci-fi fan like myself, seems like we’ve almost reached the date in which most imaginers-of-future-us saw hover boards, robots, rocket packs and colonies on the moon. We might not achieve that by 2020, but I’m sure someday soon they will discover the crucial ‘graph-paper gene’.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about then you probably lack this gene. It predisposes you to using graph-paper for working out ridiculously complicated things that anyone else would just buy instructions for.

My dad has it. Usually it expresses itself in squiggly electrical diagrams that he could probably download from the internet.

My mum has it. Many an hour has she spent working out a design (she’s a lace maker) with painstaking dot and line confections.

I have it. I know I do, because there are no less than 4 types of graph paper in my cupboard. So it wasn’t a surprise when I saw a bit of weaving online recently (a 32 shaft pattern!), decided I wanted to adapt it for my loom and reached for the graph-paper.

Some of you will have totally stopped thinking about graph-paper at this point and are thinking “you can’t do stuff like that on a rigid heddle loom… has she bought a floor loom?”

The answer would be “yes you can (potentially)” and “no she hasn’t”. Of course it won’t be exactly the same pattern on the rigid heddle, but I have hope that it’ll be close enough to capture the wonderful yumminess of what I saw.

Many sheets of graph-paper may go to their doom in the process, but we who have the gene see that as necessary sacrifice.