Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Hospitals and all that

I went into hospital at 0700 hours on Tuesday and was sent home at 1900 hours on Wednesday. All went well though it hurts if I cough. The only untoward moment was on Wednesday afternoon when my sister arrived and announced I was to be taken down to the cafe. So I threw aside the bedcovers only to discover that everything, but everything was bright red. So I pressed the bell and Dorothy disappeared down the corridor yelling for a nurse. But there was nothing at all wrong. 

What went wrong a few days later was the arrival of a nasty cough. But antibiotics have squelched that.  So I am mostly up and about, walking twenty minutes twice a day and trying to decide if I am fit enough to attend a bookbinding course in a week. The tutor is one of my favourite people, Lori Sauer. When you see what she had designed and made, you wonder how she can stand my level of expertise.

I have read a lot. No real energy for doing much else. I bought a copy of Invisible Castle by Italo Calvino and it arrived at lunchtime. Mostly devoured. I am not going to try to define it. But anything by Calvino is worth reading. The images are buzzing round my head.

I have also planned things, discarded ideas, substituted new ones. I have a feeling I am going to have a lot of spare time in the next few weeks. A bit of drawing perhaps? A project plan?

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I am weaver and - -. I dye my yarns with acid dyes, I paint my warps, put fabric collages and stencils on my weaving. I have three looms, a 12 inch wide, 12 shaft Meyer for demos and courses, a 30 inch Louet Kombo which is nominally portable but has a stand, two extra beams and a home-made device containing a fan reed. And last a 32 shaft Louet Megado which is computer controlled, has a sectional warp and a second warp beam and I am the proud owner of an AVL warping wheel which I love to bits and started by drilling holes in. I inserted a device for putting a cross in. I have just acquired an inkle loom and had a lesson from an expert so I can watch TV and weave at the same time. I am interested in weaving with silk mostly 60/2 although I do quite a bit with 90/2 silk. I also count myself as a bookbinder with a special interest in Coptic binding.