As Virginia Woolf pointed out in the 1920’s, for a woman to be creative she requires her own space. I would say that this encompasses both a physical space and some mental space. It is difficult, if not impossible to create in a physical space that is full of the comings and goings and detritus of a whole family’s lives. It is even less possible in an environment with constant interruptions. During the writing of this one paragraph I have been told the length of an anaconda, answered the phone and dealt with questions relating to VAT, been asked if we could go on holiday somewhere where there are snakes, been tapped on the head with someone’s finished multiplication clock and harassed about the need to go and tidy it up a bit!
So, I have spent some time recently carving out some space for myself – not exactly a room of my own, but a 3 metre long worktop!
Enough to lay out fibre to dye with acid dyes. And I have fashioned a drying rack for said fibre to dry on. I consider this to be quite an achievement and if you had ever visited Misty Cottage, you would too!
As for mental space - well that comes and goes. I have had some in the last couple of weeks thanks to my parents who are lovely, involved grandparents to the Misty Cottage children. As a result of this I have created a space (which I will now have to protect fiercely) and some fibre which I think is lovely. I have called it Minti’s Choice because that is exactly what it is, my favourite colours used because I like them! I have used Blue Faced Leicester because it is so soft and delicious to handle.
Now the only problem is - should I spin it or sell it as it is for someone else to spin? I have been trying to decide for nearly three weeks now!
What do you think?