It’s 2:14 A.M.
I mention this because Windsweptmind has already had a number of visitors. One of the posts visited in the the first two hours fifteen minutes of the day was Houndstooth Check, my most-visited post (which gets daily visits, I believe, and which, yesterday, celebrated its two-year anniversary). When I wrote that post I had no idea what lay ahead of me.
“What started out as friendship has grown stronger.” Now, hardly a day goes by that I don’t weave on a pin loom or design a new pattern weave. And when I sit down with the loom, well, not all my troubles melt away, but there is a sense of relaxation and peace.
For a long time I wanted to share my patterns, but I don’t like to type numbers and capital letters. I kept handwritten notes on all the patterns I made up, but I had no way of sharing them unless I bit the bullet and started typing their instructions.
Feels like everyone already knows this story, so I’ll make it brief. I had a solid offer from a publisher—we were negotiating a contract—to write a book on pin loom weaving. No matter how much I wanted to work on it, I just couldn’t seem to. I felt stressed and unhappy for several months. And I felt obligated. A good friend on the Facebook Pin Loom Weaving Support Group helped me take a different look at my thinking.
I’d already begun entering the pattern library on a new blog. All the posts, except the first, were private and I didn’t like that! Here I was doing all that work and I had no one to share it with. I was getting better and better at designing patterns—while some were flops, most were very exciting to me. I wanted to tell people and let them try them out too.
Then money and my own insecurity reared their hungry heads. I should get paid for all this work. (Seriously, why? They came freely to me, they should freely go back out.) I can’t charge money for these patterns; they’re not good enough! (I truly don’t have a counter argument for that one.) Finally, after agonizing over the whole thing for too long, I decided to do what I’d wanted to do all along. (“Listen, kiddo, you can’t fight a tidal wave!”)
I have an announcement to make:
At this point it’s not fully operational, so if you head on over there you’ll see one post and several pages (tabs at the top) full of information. But you can sign up for notifications. As my husband and I learn more about How Things Work in the blog world, we’ll be able to unleash the penned-up patterns.
In the meantime, I’ve posted a sample group of six patterns on the Facebook group (in the Files section). And as soon as I figure out how to do it, you can (hopefully) download them from here too.
I wonder if this blog will miss the traffic it’s been enjoying. I wonder if I’ll ever get back to my normal life (which at times was kind of fun), doing normal things like drawing, painting, writing, hiking, and, yeah, also housework.
There is hope.