Now, in my favor I know the following things:
- I know what thread is.
- I know what yarn is.
- I know what a shuttle is.
- I know what a loom looks like.
- I know people who weave.
- I don't really know how to read the weaving patterns. I thought I did until I tried to actually follow one tonight and realized, I don't really know.
- I don't know what a block is.
- I don't know what a tabby is.
- I don't know what I'm doing.
In over my head, while it can be uncomfortable, is also kind of exciting. I like being reminded what it feels like so when I'm teaching, I'm never very far from that feeling that so many of my students are also feeling. It gives me a lot of patience.
But it's also uncomfortable enough to feel like the weekend after next is going to be a collosal waste of time - mine and the instructor's. But I did get a "mini warp" put on the loom tonight and I've almost got my real warp for the workshop finished measuring out (or whatever weavers call it). Then it's just warping 131 ends of 10/2 cotton (bedspread weight cotton for the rest of us). I have a feeling I'm going to using a lot of terms like "thingy" or "thingymabob" or "jigger whatsit." I have a pretty extensive generic vocabulary and it may get some exercise in the next few weeks.
I used to have a pastor who would say he didn't much trust a leader who didn't have at least one major failure in a sincere effort to serve God (or words to that effect). I've already racked up plenty of those, so what's one more!
P.S. I'm feeling a lot that way about the bobbin lace right now, too. I've finished my travel pillow but attempted a new pattern this week and failed miserably. That's next.