Nicole Alderman wrote:
Did it look something like this? (was looking Hudson Bay's Wikipedia site and saw this)
r ranson wrote:A few weeks ago, some people on the internet really pissed me off. I went to a forum (not permies) to ask a very specific question about a project I wanted to make. In response, I got hammered with a crap-load of everything I'm doing wrong and how my whole project is impossible.
This kind of behaviour in public really bothers me. It's not just that the poor poster will turn around and give up on their dream, but the hundreds or thousands of people reading that thread won't ever try it. They will warn their friends about how impossible it is. That it can't be done.
The funny thing is, humans, have been doing exactly this thing I wanted to do since... well you know that whole agriculture thing that someone thought up; take that day and go back three times as far, and you're almost there. We've been doing this thing since then all the way through to the 1970s when suddenly - poof! - it is now impossible and everyone stopped doing it. Everyone except the rest of the world who didn't know any better and kept on doing it.
Thanks to the internet, I now know that it is impossible. So what do I do about it? Do I scream? Do I stalk these people online and tell the world how horrible they are? Do I sit and sulk?
I turn off my computer.
It's been off for about two weeks now. Every night, for about 4 hours a night, I do the impossible.
I go to my sheep and ask him for some wool.
I take this wool and spin it into yarn.
The yarn I make is handspun singles (which means it is unplyed). This is the type of yarn that cannot be used for weaving because it is too sticky and weak. The internet is animate on this "known fact".
I take this yarn and I put it on my loom. I abuse it in every way, putting impossibly tight tension on it, beating it harshly, all the things that must never be done to non-commercial non-synthetic yarn.
I have less problem with my handspun yarn than I've ever had with any commercial yarn.
It's turned into beautiful fabric and I can't wait to make clothing with it.
My anger at these people is now transformed into proving them wrong. By now, I've forgotten who it was I was so angry at. I'm not even angry at them anymore because I have a beautiful fabric and I have loads of photos and I know at least two magazines that like my writing style and may be interested in publishing my story which will inspire people to stop believing the 'truth' about handspun yarn and start making their own beautiful clothing.
All this because of what I learned on permies: How to make the world a better place instead of being angry at bad guys.
Thank you everyone here for being so awesome!
Thekla McDaniels wrote:Raven, I thought you wrote somewhere that you are weaving on an Ashford table loom, and now I can't find where it "is" written.Maybe I made it up, but maybe not, so could you please post what kind of loom it is in these photographs, and did you also say it will fit under a table or bed or out of the way? These are mighty attractive ideas to me. Thanks
Yewotch and DROOL....
brad roon wrote:i'm convinced that hate is a very inefficient form of love. ...
... Look at all that time and energy we spent hating them and working SO HARD to turn them into people whom we would find it easy to love.
If i were halfway awakened, i'd just start loving those people that irritate me and then see if we can meet on the discussions and thought levels....
Thekla McDaniels wrote:
One more question: would you say the set up you have can stand up to the heavy beating that goes in to rug making?
brad roon wrote:i'm convinced that hate is a very inefficient form of love.
r ranson wrote: - poof! - it is now impossible and everyone stopped doing it. Everyone except the rest of the world who didn't know any better and kept on doing it.
Travis Johnson wrote:when a caring person is accused of the opposite, it can make you mad. I say this because I know.
Travis Johnson wrote:My only outside-the-box advice on anger might be to look into medical causes for rage and anger. I know I was seething inside for a long time and thought MAYBE my anti-seizure drugs were to blame, but that was not it. Ultimately I found out my Pituitary Gland is not functioning which is causing a loss in hormones which is causing me to be extremely agitated. Now I say all this in the present tense because my hormone levels are not right yet and I am better, but not where I should be. So it might be a medical condition causing irritability too.