Saturday, November 16, 2013
Lately working late
This is what my work looks like when I am working on it.
I do most of my work at night. Sometimes I get some things done during the babies' nap during the day. But actually this is a better view than I get while I work on it because I normally can't stretch it out as I work, I just have to imagine.
I am really getting into crochet.
I love that it has an immediate building quality that I don't always see with other media. I can see how the stitches build structures. If you make a chain like this or double back through here, it produces this shape or that shape or stretches or becomes stiff. There is a real sculptural quality to crochet, something I hadn't considered in fiber before.
Another thing I love about crochet is how quickly my things become HUGE.
One moment I'm making a tiny circle that is the seed for a portion of my piece, and the next thing I know, the piece has become over a foot in diameter, and getting larger and more amorphous by the minute. I don't know in what direction it will expand until suddenly I see it bubbling and frothing out to the right, or oozing down to the left, and I follow it with my army of hooks and yarn.
I wish I could show you but I can't because there isn't a way to stretch anything to its full size yet. I don't even know what some of these pieces look like really. I have to use my imagination. I have one enormous piece, it takes up probably more than 5x5', but it is stuffed into my yarn bag. (Another great thing about crochet, even though it is huge, it folds right down into my yarn bag.)
A few weeks ago I took a rare opportunity and bought some wood to be a frame for one of the pieces I'm working on. It's pretty big (3.5x2.5') but not TOO big. I'm trying to contain the size because the weight of the frame may make it hard to hang and store the piece. But now the wood sits un-built because if I put it together I have nowhere to store it in our small apartment. Maybe soon there will be a place.
I'm excited to have so many pieces in progress. I bought some blue/green/purple dyed wool yarn the other night so I could start on another piece and have a wider color palette. I haven't gotten to it yet, but it is exciting.
It's also exciting because it's like my secret. Since I have to use my imagination, since the pieces are still stuffed in my yarn bag, since even if I laid it out it doesn't make sense to anyone else, it is totally mine. I'm the only one who has it right now. Just for me!