I keep my blog as a personal record of what I'm up to, which might be seen as working towards "An elegant sufficiency, content, retirement, rural quiet, friendship, books, ease and alternate labour, useful life"

I'm certainly not there yet.  There is quite some way to go!










Less cheesed!

Had a super email from the tutor concerned with the previous post reminding me why we do it and why I shouldn't allow such negative thoughts to get to me.

What is it about our nature that amplifies criticism to such an extent that one negative comment can override all the positive ones?


Feeling cheesed off

There are times when, in spite of putting in a huge effort to pull something off, people refuse to be drawn in and resist every step of the way. You would think I'd know to give up then, to call it a day and quit whilst I was behind? Oh no...that would be far too obvious a path to take.

Instead, I carry on regardless, convinced that sooner or later they will see the light and be just the tiniest bit enthusiastic in return for all the efforts put into it.

You knew, didn't you, that they wouldn't. But did you ever imagine that they'd write and complain that it hadn't turned out quite as they'd thought and no, they wouldn't be continuing to see it through, thank you.


Simple Jewellery workshop

Had a good, if tiring, day yesterday teaching the jewellery workshop. It involved an hour's drive to get there, and a five-hour session had been planned. I think, with hindsight, it would have been better to do a four-hour day, with an hour for lunch, though it was good (unusual, for me) to have time to spend thinking and doing things carefully, rather than the usual bull-at-a-gate approach, trying to get through too much in a short time.
The ladies were friendly and fun, and all up for having a go. The things they produced were to be admired and the day passed in a good-humoured frenzy of activity. They only stopped for a delicious communal lunch - to which I was invited - and by the last hour of the day, the mood was noticeably quiet and weary.
We cleared up and exhibited our work and congratulated ourselves on the dot of 4pm and I drove home, surprised that by the time I arrived I felt creaky and drained. Each student had gone off with a basket of great jewellery to be proud of - at least four pieces each, though some did seven or eight. Mission accomplished!
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I can't say I'm a comfortable performer. I can teach people OK, which I suppose is a kind of performance, but I've never been into drama and stage performances. This morning, however, I was involved in a workshop led by a "performance poet" and reading group facilitator, and boy, was she impressive! She gently led us through several warm up exercises - one involved our passing round her car keys, with which we were asked to "do something" before passing them to the next person. I tossed them in the air and caught them again, others twiddled in a particular way, or peered closely at a certain key, for example. Next we were asked to do exactly the same thing, but minus the keys...and it was truly incredible how vivid those mimes were. We were sure we could still hear the keys jangling.

The morning progressed, finishing up with each of us being asked to "perform" a given poem - which is when I knew I'd reached my limit.

Teaching the simple jewellery workshop tomorrow - much more my kind of thing!


This week's knitting

My "smoke ring" (where does that name come from?) is coming along well and is a joy to knit. It's the first time I've knitted lace and I felt really anxious about working from a chart rather than a written out "K2tog" type pattern. I need have no fear though, for as Sue told me, it's actually rather straightforward to follow and somehow makes it easier to see what's what in terms of where the stitches of this row sit in relation to those of the last row (thanks for the encouragement, Sue) Anyway, I'm now at the stage where I'm "continuing in this manner" until it is a particular length, or in my case, I fear, until I run out of yarn.

Speaking of yarn, this is the Artesano Inca Cloud Alpaca which is a Fair Trade product as well as being lovely to knit. Good things all round! Posted by Picasa