Yes, Grinch here. I really can't wait till next week, or at least till Saturday. In spite of efforts to scale back, pare down….I was still rushing at the end and am still tired! I ended up doing a lot of baking for the Christmas dinner at friends' house,
such as this Challah loaf from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day cookbook. Always a winner! I also made a huge batch of their rye bread. I still have a few loaves and some rolls in the freezer because I quadrupled the water in the recipe by mistake and had to add a LOT more flour to get bread instead of soup (sigh). It was all good in the end and I won't be running out of homemade bread any time soon. However, I think next year I'll stay home, even if that means being here alone. Last year there were some other "orphans" at my friends' home so I didn't feel out of place. This year I was pretty much the only non-relative, lots of people I'd never met. So, not that much fun.
Then, things fell apart yesterday for a holiday dinner with one of my kids and his family. Long story, but they will try again on Wednesday. Meanwhile, I did all that cleaning and decorating and cooking and….I just wanted to sleep all day today! The good news is that I don't have to do much for Wednesday.
Allow me a minute or two to RANT. I mean, seriously RANT. I belong to several weaving groups on Facebook, and for the most part, it's instructive, interesting, sometimes even inspiring. But, what I am seeing lately is a big uptick in "newbies", as in people who got bored with knitting and spinning and decided that weaving was the hot new "hobby". And jumped in with two feet and NO instruction or preparation. (And most of them want to use up their stash of Red Heart acrylic yarn, God help us.) So, they trot to the FB groups and ask how to warp a loom. Are you freaking KIDDING me? Get a BOOK! Buy a video. TAKE A FREAKING CLASS! Last night was the killer. Someone asked a few questions (trust me, there IS such thing as a "stupid question") on one group that left no doubt that the poster was clueless. I came to the conclusion, after rereading the post many times to make sense of it, that she really believed the way to put a warp on a floor loom was to measure out individual threads. She was apparently stringing out fifteen yard long threads, one at a time , through her house…arrggghhhh! I tried, I really did, to be patient, but finally quit at about 1 am after telling her to BUY A DAMN BOOK. Well, okay, I didn't say it that way, but….I really, really wanted to.
This happens all the time it seems. Would these people take up sky diving, or driving, for Pete's sake, without a few lessons? Granted, you can't get hurt too badly on a loom, but the messes I've seen pictured, and the dumbass questions I've seen asked, lead me to wonder if people are just too lazy to take a class or read a book. Is it a case of being too cheap? If you can't read, buy a video. TAKE A CLASS! Tons of videos on Youtube! I honestly don't mind helping someone new, who is struggling to wrap his or her brain around this thing called weaving. It's hard…I know. Been there, bought the tee shirt. For heaven's sake, there's a whole new LANGUAGE involved. Warping a loom still takes me the better part of a week with the help of a book. But, I just can't imagine jumping into anything as complex-and expensive-with no investigation or preparation whatsoever. And then expecting others to teach you in an online group! Instantly….
Okay, rant over. Off to try to do some weaving. Stay tuned: I'm going to re-tie the linen warp and play with some wool, or colors, or…...