Thursday, November 20, 2008

Feedback on The Rant, Infectious Air of Unease (and not enough wool talk)

Thanks to anyone who commented or got in touch about my little Rant. Instead of feeling like I have been left out, I now feel like I am being drawn in. And that's a good thing! I always believed there was a huge gap between Art and Craft, even between Textiles and other Craft. But I now have come to believe there is a huge silent (and not-so-silent, as I discovered) gap among the Yarny Types. A snobbery between the Traditionalists and the Activists, between Yarn types - are you natural or synthetic, even techniques...

There are quite a few of us tender souls who have been pecked at in some way, and we feel bad about it. But sometimes we need a little disagreement to realise what it is exactly we are doing. . Anyone that knows me personally will know a little disagreement only spurs me on. So, as politically correct as I usually try to be, I think its time to have a Father Ted moment and say FECK!

Feck ya boring old sods, who cant get a giggle from a woman who has nothing better to do than drive round Mexico in a Crochet Covered Bus.

So, if you have ever had a negative feedback to anything you innocently said, (I don't mean to anything political/religious/moral, I am not getting into that...), here is my Irish advice, say "Feck ya anyway", dust yourself off. Under no circumstance should you feel bad or pushed out of a group you enjoy being in. Go forth and multiply your rows, wrap it around buses and lamp-posts, put up links to it everywhere...

Anyway enough with the banter, wheres the woolly stuff, this is supposed to be a woolly blog...

This week there has been very little woolly time unfortunately. My Etsy shop has been abandoned until after Xmas, my stuff for the Christmas Craft Fair lies ends hanging out, unlabeled in bags. Yesterday I spent the whole day cleaning the garden because I was told a lorry load of topsoil was arriving, and I have nowhere to put it, as the the raised beds aren't built. Thankfully it didn't arrive, but it could today. I've lost all the notes from the organic gardening course I am doing, and I have to hand in my folder... As well as trying to grow my own veg, I am trying to start a dye garden, and have spent the week reading up on plants to grow, but nothing is sinking in, because very few of them are suited to miserable Irish weather, and they don't have pictures, I need pictures, bright glossy ones. At the moment life is chaos, downright good old fashioned chaos. I haven't felt this over-whelmed since trying to come up with a good excuse for not doing my homework to a particularly nasty teacher... So, its time for calm, calm.....

I blame the economic situation. Every time you listen to the news, the paper, queue in the bank, its all doom and gloom. There is such an infectious air of unease around, its getting to me whether I like it or not. I haven't been affected that much, I've been poor for years, I'm used to tightening the belt. Oh, speaking of belts, I need to get a my 10 or so inkle looms back from Galway, I promised poor C. I would collect them months ago. Sorry!!! Its on my list, back to my list....where is the list....

3 comments:

Heather Wardell said...

Reading your blog is like a daily dose of Marian Keyes. :) Don't stop, please, I adore it!

And you're absolutely right that the snobbery shouldn't win. Fight back!

I, for one, am a crocheter. I CAN knit (taught myself this year) but I don't like it. I like crocheting. So there. :)

(I feel like I should run and hide now, but I will stand proud and say, as you commanded, FECK! :)

Bionic Laura said...

I knit and crochet, I learned them both in school at the same time. I like doing crochet more but that's a personal preference. I don't get the attitude some knitters have towards crochet.

As for nasty comments, on the internet because people don't know you and it's pretty anonymous they will make any comment they like. They don't connect the words on the forum to an actual person. As you say just feic them and get on with what you want!

Lauria @ Brackenbury Lane said...

I know what you mean when you say that you've been poor for years so that the ecconomic crisis isn't affecting you much. I feel the same way. My mom on the other hand is not doing as well with it because she was used to lots of money and was laid off just before all the craziness was released to the public. Now she has a job, but is still certainly feeling the hurt. For the first time this year my family is doing a secret santa exchange and the limit is $20. It's great because I could never really afford to give presents before anyway, so it seems like a very reasonable thing to me!