Tuesday, March 29, 2011
I found this fridge magnet on a trip to Tucson, AZ when I thought all my health issues were behind me. It was a visual reminder that the only way through is forward. That when you are in a bad place, it's counter productive to fall down in your traces and wallow in self-pity.
It's posted on my fridge where I mostly ignore it but from time to time I focus on it and remember to get up, get going, that all things must end, the bad as well as the good. That the only thing that is constant is change. That staying focused on your goal will at least make the bad things bearable. And when the only thing you can manage is to put one foot in front of the other, that counts as progress.
So I have been picking my way through the current warp on the AVL, which I have been finding extremely tedious for a number of reasons. Mostly, it's two shuttles alternating. I find it extremely difficult to reach my 'zone' and so I'm not much enjoying the weaving. OTOH, after wet finishing the sample, the fabric turns out to be drop dead gorgeous. But the weaving isn't going to happen without me sitting at the loom, and so I have been dutifully making it into the studio, at least a little bit every day, and I'm now within 6" of completion. Of the first scarf.
The warp is 10 yards long, about a yard has been used up in sampling, so there is enough warp for two more scarves. Give or take.
The warp also has a threading error. Three of the units are threaded on the wrong shaft, so as soon as I finish the first scarf I'll correct that and then I'll take another run at doing the rose design that I had originally intended.
Next week I should hear the treatment plan as proposed by the oncologist. As usual I'm not presenting a simple problem and more tests have to be run. The good news is that the bone marrow biopsy was a success and no further surgery will be required for a diagnosis. And that is very good news indeed. :)
Currently reading Still Life by Louise Penny