Crazy as a Loom

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Yes, it's over.


From Crazy as a Loom

I know, that is a bah, humbug attitude. But nonetheless, it's true. Like a big percentage of the population, I am glad that it is over. And every year, I say that I am going to do it differently next year. I will be ready. I will not get caught up in the frenzy. Next year.

But it's time to move on.

I am in a bit of a lull at the studio. I should be weaving rugs, piling up the stock rugs. But I'm not. I got very engrossed in weaving scarves before Christmas, and then I was weaving towels for gifts. And I have wanted to make this white on white cotton shawl for some time. So I am amusing myself, and as a matter of fact, I have it on the loom right now.
From Crazy as a Loom

Tonight I asked my husband if he ever thought of reinventing himself. His answer was that he did, but he didn't think anyone would let him do brain surgery.
He's a funny guy.
On the other hand, I think of it often. Not that I don't like what I am doing. I do. But I am always wondering if there is another perspective that I might be missing. I guess part of it is that I feel that I am evolving every minute, not just as a person, but as a weaver. And I want to be better at it, I want to know more, and I want to stretch myself beyond my comfort zone. Comfort zones can be restrictive. They keep us in one spot, when maybe that isn't what we really need.
I always feel introspective about this time. The new year is just around the corner. A chance to start over. A chance to do it differently. And I am regrouping, trying to look at what I have done in 2009, and figure out what worked for me, and what really didn't. It is easy to let one day slide into another, and one week drift into the next, doing the same thing over and over. I am guilty, of working too much, and not taking time out for other things. It is too easy for me and my workaholic nature. But that doesn't mean that I am happy with it. It is like any bad habit.
And every year, I get another chance to give it up.


KarenInTheWoods said...

Oh Hilary.. I love reading your blog, you are always SO interesting!

My New Years Resolution may not be quite re-inventing myself, but it is to start weaving up the stuff I have, tote by tote, and see what creative rugs I can make!

I am going to also get more studio time in now that my health is cooperating. You never realize as a weaver, that suddenly you might NOT be ABLE to weave, and it strikes terror in my heart to learn such things. ACK!

Anonymous said...

It's never about giving it up... it's about balance. Throw a bit of something else into the mix. A bit of weaving a bit of blogging... perhaps another art form. Pick up sewing, painting, photography, flower arranging. Never let one thing in life consume you.

The Blue Ridge Gal

Mare said...

For the first time ever, i am also happy that Christmas is over...and it feels so wierd! SO much much running and putting everything else first before what you really want to do...I need to rethink it all. There are a few things i am planning to change and start up in the New Year. I've gotta start making plans on just how to do it...I'm enjoying your music. Happy New Year!

Need A Latte Mom said...

I am happy it is over too. I put the Christmas stuff away today, could not take it anymore.

Don't think of it as working too much but that you like what you are doing and want to do it. It is what you enjoy.

It is almost a new year. Wow. It went fast!

And as always...I love your rugs!

Tuesday Weavers said...

The best thing about this "in-between week" is that it gives us a chance to reflect on the past 12 months. What worked...what didn't. What we want to do differently or trying something new. Go ahead....challenge yourself to do something different....but keep up your blog...WE LOVE IT!

Lori said...

Yes, yay for it being over. I love that picture. Granddaughter? Adorable! Here's to the brand new year with lots of new chances!

Nancy said...

I'm glad it's over too. This year was just not jolly. Too many people going through really bad things to really feel overwhelmingly happy. I always take stock at this time of year. I haven't had the time yet - still with family - but after the first of the year I plan on spending some time really looking at where I am and where I want to go. It's always good to do that at some point in the year.

kestrel said...

I don't think I can reinvent myself either. I quite like myself (not being snootish) as it is cos i think I am kind of lazy . To stop geting too comfortable, I try a new project each year - whether it works or fails, I have given a good go at it. I admire your determination - your weaving achievements are beautiful.

Hilary said...

I think we need a period of complacency in order to evolve/reinvent. There's usually a trigger/nudge. I'm still waiting for mine. ;)

Benita said...

Funny. I think about reinventing myself all the time. I'd like to be a full time weaver and teacher of weaving. Has to beat sitting in an office all day doing accounting.

Sharon said...

I like the challenge at a year's end to take inventory and rethink the next year, but I've learned to not make it more than that. Otherwise, it would be like being back in school with homework and deadlines. That would be a heck of a way to treat retirement!

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