Warp and Woof was the name of a now defunct group that a few members of my sangha attended for a while. (Sangha, in this definition is a group of people studying the path of Buddhism, in this case our local congregation.) “Woof” is interchangeable for the weaving term “weft”, though you don’t see it used so much, it is a bit archaic I suppose. I heard the term “the warp and woof of our lives” used in a Dharma talk and it stuck with me. (A Dharma talk is when someone, a teacher, talks about how to live by Buddhist Precepts.) Anyhow, the name seemed to fit, both the old group of mostly women who studied the Dharma together, and who happened to also ply some kind of fibre craft and for what Sunshine and I talked about when we planned this little blog. For one reason or another the warp and woof group eventually faded away. It didn’t end acrimoniously, it just wasn’t needed any more I guess.
Warp and woof – the intersection of all the facets of our lives.
We had a meditation at our house today and M., a friend who teaches a good part of the year in India, near Ladakh, brought these as a gift.
Aren’t they great? I suspect they are acrylic, given that synthetics are being used instead of wool in many of the traditional crafts, but they are made in an old-fashioned way. They are so vibrant and fit perfectly. Knitting is so forgiving of shape, the toes and heel hug my foot perfectly. Given their likely acrylic nature I won’t wear them in shoes as they won’t last under friction, but save them for house slipper wear. So pretty.
Personal knitting projects are on hold, hopefully temporarily. Hand pain has been creeping in, and is a reminder to take care of those most important tools. I hope this is a transient phenomenon, it is a new one, so maybe a good rest will do the trick. Luckily weaving doesn’t seem to bother my poor old thumbs at all so that is continuing. Braveheart approves.
Rose path on the loaner loom. Such a noisy loom. I am told some people quite like the crash of the heddles. When, and oh yes, it seems to be when, I get a multi shaft loom, nylon heddles for sure. I plan to warp up the rigid heddle loom after this sampler is done, part of the comparison of the two ways to weave. So much to learn.
I am not the only one fascinated by warp and woof. This was clearly deliberately done, seen the other day on my regular neighbourhood walk.