I think spring finally came to Wisconsin, hopefully to stay. I was able to get out into the sunshine a little yesterday which made me very happy, Truth be told, I think my dog was smiling too!
I also felt motivated to work on a new skill, one that took an amazing amount of concentration. I'm no athlete, but I found this quote by Babe Didrikson Zaharias to be fitting.
When I set out to weave this basket, I was a little bit concerned. I had tried this basket once before and it was a complete flop, so I maybe set my expectation a little lower. I've found however, that once is certainly not enough to learn a new skill, so I pulled out my copy of Splint Woven Basketry by Robin Taylor Daugherty. "Be sure the B stakes are on top the C stakes" and then it told me that I was to weave the A stakes across going under the C stakes and over the B stakes. It seemed like so much to try and get right and remember. All the while I was trying to keep all these little hexagons even and shaped correctly. I feel like the book explains it quite well, but it's one basket that is very challenging.
Well, I stuck with it and kept checking if my A's and B's and C's were in the right places. In the end I was pleasantly surprised. I think I have it right! Now I'm ready to try it again. Practice and concentration and more practice.
Thanks for joining me today and keep practicing!