Yes, there is a plan. Actually, there are two plans: one short term (now until January) and one long term (2011). The short term plan is to do very little. This week I have a birthday; next week my husband has a birthday; then it’s our wedding anniversary; then it’s Christmas (or, in our case, the Winter Solstice); and then it’s New Year. The next few weeks are already quite full, and I’m surprised by how tired I feel. We are (literally) submerged in winter here at present: there is over a foot of snow and the temperature outside is minus 5 during the day. At night it’s been much colder than that. I know that doesn’t sound much if you live somewhere very cold, but it’s very unusual for a city in the UK, and here we just aren’t used to it. Just keeping warm seems to take up a lot of energy.
I like to spend winter evenings knitting rather than stitching, and I’ve been putting together a few little presents for family and friends.
I’m no expert knitter, by any means, but the process fascinates me. I love the way you can create a fabric, stitch by stitch, with just one piece of thread. One continuous thread that loops over and over itself, like weaving but notlike weaving, like stitching but notlike stitching. I’d like to investigate this a little further and see what possibilities there are.
So, on to the long term plan. There are many things I want to do next year. One of them is to try out some new techniques, take some time to experiment and explore, to grow and to build. I aim to do much more on paper next year, and intend to build up a library of small swatches and samples: sketchbook pages, notes, very small stitched fragments. I may even use the machine a little. I plan to call this ‘A Year in Stitch’. It will be a set of small works and sketches, mostly unfinished, that I can use as ongoing reference material to develop some larger pieces. Just my responses to what is going on around me as the seasons wax and wane. A way of marking time, perhaps – or catching time, even. Something like this:
I’m looking forward to starting in earnest in January. But I’m also looking forward to being able to rest a little more until then. A few of you will know that I have chronic fatigue syndrome, and although I rarely acknowledge it, I do know that I need to learn to pace myself better. I probably won’t post again before the new year, so would like to wish everyone a very merry, healthy and fun-filled festive season.