One of the things that attracted me to weaving was the intellectual pursuit of questioning "What would happen if...?"
Over the years I enjoyed digging into this or that aspect of weaving, learning as much as I could about changing various factors and what effect those variables had on the cloth.
But for the last 10 or so years I simply haven't had the mental acuity to delve into cloth construction in any depth.
I nearly launched a research project in 2010, then broke my ankle in two places. Since then weaving has become mostly a "let's use up as much stash as possible while weaving becomes therapy" kind of activity.
Last spring, after the DVDs were taped I started thinking again about a more intellectual pursuit of weaving and joined Complex Weavers, thinking to join a study group. I did get the sample I agreed to woven but then life got...complicated...with more health issues.
Now that surgery is nearly here, hopefully just a few more weeks to wait, I had been commenting to a friend that I would like to pursue the 2010 project, but the special yarn required was no longer commercially available. While I could spin it myself I'm not a proficient spinner and I'm definitely not fast.
Turns out she was just as interested in the topic as I am. And so I have a partner willing to leap into doing some research. And now I'm anxious to get the surgery over and done with!
As we discuss what could be done, I suspect that leaping into the deep end might be akin to disappearing down a rabbit hole. Because when you change one thing, everything can change. And that is part of what I have always found exciting about weaving.
Currently reading Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs.