Crazy as a Loom

Friday, January 15, 2010

Bored? Not me.

Even though I have some orders that need doing, I have been amusing myself.
I am pretty good at it, too.
Amusing myself.
I always laugh when people say they are bored. I don't laugh at them. I laugh because it makes me nervous to hear them say it. I have no idea what they are talking about. Bored? Bored?? What the heck does that mean, anyway.
I have to admit, friends, I have NEVER been bored in my life. It's true. It may be a malfunction, but it is 100% true. I don't really know what it feels like.
My problem is just the opposite. I have a list in my head, and it never ends. I ALWAYS have something to do, and I am never without something that will keep my attention.

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Of course, when your body BETRAYS you, and does crazy things, that never ending list becomes problem.
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So this week, even though I had things I "should" have been doing, I opened a big plastic container of assorted fabric, and at a very leisurely pace, with breaks, and naps, wove a few rugs.
I know, I know.
Some of you are thinking I should be prone on the couch for the duration of this lovely plague, but quite honestly, that isn't going to happen.
My theory is there will be plenty of time to rest after I am dead.

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When I had my knee replaced 3 years ago, I was really incapacitated for about 3 months. And even after that, I was unable to do much for another 3 months. And the first year was a nightmare. The swelling in my knee didn't go away for 2+ years.
But don't get me started on total knee replacements.
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Honestly, though, all kidding aside...........playing with this fabric, and weaving these little rugs, which are all about 24"x42", was totally fun and therapeutic.
I so often weave what someone else wants, and weave with a timeline, albeit one I have imposed on myself. So weaving these on a whim was a good thing.

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They made me forget all about silly old shingles. For awhile. And when my neck told me I had done enough, I listened. I did, really!!!
So much so, that when I headed up the stairs, the cats nearly knocked me down getting up there.
Isn't that pathetic!!!!
I have visions of myself as a little old lady, weaving til nap time, weaving a rug or two a day.
Or am I there already?
HA! Imagine that.
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Only a little warped,


Anonymous said...

I always told (tell) my children, "bored is a state of mind"... and told them I would find them something to do since they were. Consequently, they very rarely admitted that they were! You sound like me, always a mile long list of things I WANT to do...

Sharon said...

Oh, I completely understand what you're saying. I've never been bored in my life. I've never found time to fit it in. I get excited seeing your rugs - I start next week. Placemats - starting small.

Unspoken said...

Looks like you found the key. A love to keep you busy :).

Anonymous said...

What is the proper way to wash one of your rugs so it won't shrink? I've had rag woven rugs over the years and I always end up shrinking them down to the size of a placemat... My bad... but, are they supposed to be washed in cold water and then hung to dry so they won't shrink??

The Blue Ridge Gal

Tina J said...

I have so much going on in my head that sometimes I don't know where to start. Some of it is fun, and some of it is stuff that just needs doing.
My DD one day, home from college, said something about being bored, then she caught herself, remembering that I always had a list of things she could do for me, non of which she would find amusing.

Gail said...

It almost makes me angry when I hear someone say they are bored. When my children were young, if I heard that, I put them to work, so now they know better than saying it anytime.

My problem is never boredom, but the lack of time to do all the wonderful things I want to enjoy.

Your rugs are stunning and I envy your talent.

Simply Me said...

These rugs are so nice. I love them. I have been wanting to learn to weave on a loom and not the cardboard loom I teach children how to use. Do you have a suggestion for a beginner? I have a birthday this month and my mother keeps asking what I want. So, this could be my chance. Just send me an email with your reply.

LA said...

BORED???? We don't have time to be bored! haha Too much fabric to be used up in so many beautiful ways. Just take it easy Hilary, and remember that naps are wonderful things!

Hilary said...

Those rugs are wonderful. Keeping busy with something you love sure does help. Glad to hear that you're napping though.. and listening to your body's needs. Keep on healing.

ethelmaepotter! said...

"My theory is there will be plenty of time to rest after I am dead."
I love that!
Great rugs - I especially like the last one; I have a throw blanket from Mexico with colors and pattern very similar.

Jayme Goffin, The Coop Keeper said...

Girl, I'm with you, never ever bored, quite the opposite, frustrated at too much to do! Just got the loom in the house, in pieces, put back together. It's a Union No. 36. Does that mean anything to you? I have no idea how to warp it, or with what. Any info thrown at me would be helpful!

Michael said...

Wow, the rugs are amazing. How do you do it?? I raise a toast to bodies that don't betray, er, yea. Ha! Love reading your blog!

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