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Tour de Fleece

Tour de Flop

Hello Everyone “Tour de Fleece” started at the beginning of July. In case you don’t know, this is an event for spinners. But I believe there are crochet and knit teams as well. Check Ravelry for teams.

Any way, whether you spin, knit or crochet, this is a time when we all get together and spin our little hearts out

I will not be able to join this year because of one moment in time.

I looked out the door to see if the cab was here yet. I turned and walked down the stairs as usual not paying any attention. And BOOM!!! I was down on my hands and knees on the tiled concrete floor.

That was 1 second of not paying attention. I wasn’t able to move my legs. My son was getting ready to stroke out. I called (911). They came, the cab came . But at least things were happening, and he was able to cope. I had to take charge because he froze.

I couldn’t find a printed copy of my Med. Hx. So I had to do everything verbally. I was in the ER for hours. Finally they decided to admit me. My right knee swelled up like a balloon. My left knee not so bad. They gave me pain meds “Thank the Powers that be”.

They wanted to do an MRI. But, apparently there had been another emergency. I had to wait a day to get the MRI and another day to read it. It did not look good

A long, long time ago I was told I would never get out of the wheelchair. I said, “You watch me”! Fast forward to now. I walk with a cane.

I have always been a little strange, don’t tell me I can’t do something. That will be the first thing I do! I have been told things like that my whole life. first it was you can’t just teach yourself how to (insert craft). I always did.

Anyway back to the knee, it is very painful. I am taking meds for everything else, what’s one more. The MRI did not look good. So basically I’m resting the knee. I have a brace on that leg and I’m back in the chair, but I’m looking at knee surgery on the right. And knee surgery on the left in the future.

I thought for sure that was the end of Tour de Flop, but I can actually spin on my spindles and my Wheel. The action happens in the ankle not the leg, so I can still do it but slowly.

So I can still do what I love, just slower. I love making beautiful Yarns. I dye up the fiber after I have chosen the mix. Then I spin, so no two skeins are alike even within the same dye lot.

Be very careful of those 1 second mistakes they can set you back a bit. I have a lot of rehab ahead of me. But I will get through in record time and get back out of this chair!

Hope you are all well. Remember you can do anything you put your mind to! Be Positive it works. Keep crafting, it’s good for your soul.

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Humans and The Arts

Since the dawn of time Humans have been learning the Arts. Early man covered themselves for warmth with animal hides (early fashion). They made symbols on cave walls (early painting and storytelling) then came fire, and all hell broke loose. As we rush through history to modern times, Humans have learned many crafts. It would be a daunting task indeed to master them all.

But in that time Arts and Politics have rarely met. You could argue the point by saying politics shaped the human race and therefore dictated the Arts as well.

When they let us have computers, we found like minded crafters further apart. Since we couldn’t talk to our maiden Aunt twice removed on our maternal great grand mother’s side, we couldn’t ask her to teach us! The online knitting, spinning, crocheting, weaving ect….. communities were born! People could talk to each other around the world. As the world became more complicated we looked for support in our crafts and our communities.

I myself have a lot of different hobbies, but they all involve at least one stick and some string. As I got older and more disabled my hobbies became my life, my therapy, my love. I poured my heart and soul into everything I did.

When I first found the knitting (crocheting, spinning) communities, I was very scared to get involved. But I told myself if anyone on this planet would understand a lunatic like me, it would be those communities. I have never been interested in anyone’s religious beliefs, politics, or gender. All I am interested in is Art. I know that I live in the past a lot. But that’s just me. I have never discussed my religion, sex or politics with people who are not involved in my day to day life. I was raised that these things are not discussed in public, that these were private matters. Not to be discussed in public.

Most of these things were further enforced by my profession. As a Nurse, I was taught to be understanding of other peoples beliefs and privacy. To be respectful at all times. There are rules and boundaries that should be upheld. And Lord, if you love your job, NEVER EVER discuss religion or politics at work. Or make socially inappropriate comments about anyone else’s appearance, size or sexual orientation.

It really hurts me to see people that were friends yesterday, are now enemies due to their beliefs. I have friends who have different beliefs than I do, but that has nothing to do with our friendship. We’re friends because we have our Art in common. That’s enough to talk about for me. I don’t think it’s my business to know everything about them, if they feel they need me to know more about them than that, they will tell me if not, I don’t pry into it. I don’t judge people, its not my job.

My job is to share my Art with anyone who would like to hear about it. My hope is that we as a species will someday learn to live together. So, I will continue to share my blogs and my yarns* with you. But I will not discuss politics, religion, race, creed, color or sexual orientation. Also I will not date anyone from work! So don’t ask!

“All we need is Love”

I think that was George, but it could have been Paul! Can you tell I was a Beatle Baby!

*Now buy some yarn and go home and create!