In many ways I feel as though my calendar commitments reached critical mass with the closing of Art Market. It's not that my calendar isn't full to bursting but the last two shows of the season are small, closer to home, and should prove to be a lot easier than the last few shows have been.
I also realized that I was overly optimistic that I could actually have the last place mat warp finished in time for the show in Williams Lake so today I just cut them apart and serged them. They will go into next year's inventory.
One of the reasons I wanted to get them done was so that I could begin weaving the samples for the Handwoven article. The deadline isn't until Feb. 28, but with all that needs doing between then and now, the trips I have to make, decided that I'd at least get the weaving done now. The intention is that I will do the experiments and write them up (while still fresh in my mind!) and send them off as soon as I possibly can. Then I don't have to think or worry about them anymore until it comes time to do the final edits for publication.
In the next two weeks I still have to photograph the guild books for sale - although a friend has offered to help and I asked if she would do the entering on eBay. If I can get the auction started by Dec. 1 or 2 I won't have to think about that until after I get home from sorting through my 'inheritance'.
Once we get the boxes of yarn home they will just get put in storage until much later as there will be zero time to even look in them for several months.
I should also know by then if the class at John C. Campbell Folk School will be going ahead, although the numbers looked promising. Which means I have to get the warps for the two day workshop on Block Weaves ready and mailed off before Christmas.
We need to plan our trip - Doug will join me for a few days 'holiday' in Florida - the first holiday we've had in I can't remember how long. A friend asked if this would truly be a holiday or a working trip in disguise. I told her it was a bit of both....
March we are planning a Beginning Weaving workshop here in Prince George, plus we may be doing a fibre festival in the Lower Mainland (Vancouver area) as well. I have to double check dates to make sure they don't conflict. April I'm teaching in Tacoma, then giving the guild program to Vancouver guild. And then, ta-DAH! The project that cannot be named! For which I have a whole lot of weaving to do in preparation for it.
In June I will be at Olds Fibre Week teaching the Level 2 weaving class, jumping into the truck and heading back to Tacoma where I will do a seminar at Complex Weavers. If anyone signs up for it. All of these teaching dates are subject to cancellation.
And that's just the first 6 months of 2014. I still have to weave new inventory for the fall season, so it looks like I'll be slamming the warps through the loom(s) like mad all through July and August.
It's my life. Obviously I love it or I wouldn't be booking all these things!