This has been a crazy week. Summer is always like this, and I think the truth of it is that summer is my least favorite season, and I am much less tolerant when I am hot and sticky! Yes, S.T.I.C.K.Y! I live in the desert of western Colorado. I live here for a reason, and that reason is that I lived for the first 28 years of my life in the humid mid-west. I never enjoyed humidity! It doesn't even make my naturally somewhat-curly hair curlier; it makes it go limp, joining the rest of me. Humidity has no perks, as far as I am concerned.
This past week has been humid. I know that, because, number 1: We have a swamp cooler to cool the house, and it DOES NOT WORK well when it is humid, and number 2: I have a humidity thing-ee to tell me the humidity of a room, to make sure the one room that my guitar is in stays a bit more humid to keep it from dry-damage. I've not needed to use a humidifier in that room all week, and, in fact, my guitar is showing signs of too much moisture.
Not only has it been humid and HOT, but we've had huge booming thunderstorms for the past three nights, and I get absolutely no sleep with a big, hot, hairy, shaking dog sitting on top of me in the bed (next to me is not close enough.)
SO... it's been too hot and sticky and I've been too crabby to go into the studio to weave, though I do have a looming deadline (yes, pun intended.)
I took this week to finish sewing all the slits (from the back this time) on the October tapestry. (Oh, if only it was October! One of my favorite months. No, my all-time-favorite month.) I also blocked it, though since I've been weaving with the marvelous reed-holder on my loom that my husband made me, it came out almost perfectly flat and square! I blocked it anyway, and the next step will be to mount it, like the rest of the calendar tapestries are mounted.
This fall, during my favorite month of October, the local Art Center is hosting a fiber exhibit, and they want 8 tapestries from me. I have 7 calender tapestries woven, and one on the loom, barely begun. So I need to just ignore the heat and humidity and get in there and weave!
This coming week, we will be going to Boston for a week, so no weaving will get done again. I am hoping the humid weather will pass through while we're gone so I can weave frantically when I get home. That is what it will take, no matter what the weather or the state of my crabbiness.
And I will also get a decent, not-on-the-badly-lit-dining-table photo of the October tapestry soon, too. I promise.