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My Superpowers


Susan E. Horton wrote a short article that recently appeared in the Interweave Weaving Today E-Mail Newsletter.  I don't know Susan at all but I swear she could have been sitting in my studio watching me.   Her superpower is mine, too!  I can also turn lengths of yarn into lengths of fabric.

Here is the link to Susan's article if you haven't seen it.  https://www.interweave.com/article/weaving/whats-your-superpower/#comments

If you are a weaver, read it!  It's perfect.  She lists all those things that are not her superpowers but she wishes were.  Like recognizing you need to add more heddles to your harnesses before you get half the warp threaded.  Or the power to learn from your mistakes the first time rather than having to repeat them several times before you really figure it out.  Yes!  That would be me, too.  In fact, each and every one of Susan's hoped for superpowers are in great demand here, too.  Need to know how much yarn is really on that cone?  YES!  Need to see the threading error before the 300th pick?  YES!

Here are some of my additions to Susan's list of superpowers she wished she had.

I wish I had the power to keep my shuttle in my hands rather than dropping it (again!) and having to climb down off my high bench to retrieve it (again!).

I wish I had the power of knowing exactly how much yarn I need for a project rather than always buying twice as much "just in case."

I wish I had the power to love the way my studio looks so I wouldn't be drawn into always rearranging the furniture every time we come home from a show.

I wish I had the power to love teaching classes so I wouldn't always freak about it even though I know I'll do a good job.

I wish I had the power to move metal cubbies around without having them implode because I've pulled rather than pushed them.

I wish I had the power to objectively look at what I'm weaving so I would find the color bust in a pattern on the first kitchen towel rather than the 8th.

The one other superpower I really do have is attracting interesting and quirky people to me who insist on sharing too much information with me.  Hmmmm.  Maybe I should have been a psychologist instead of a spinner and weaver.