Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Lost and found -- good news
One of my daily art projects for 2011 wasn't really daily, more like weekly. I was making bundles or packages of stuff that I found lying around, either indoors or out, at least one every week. Some weeks I'd make several if opportunity presented itself.
One week in particular I made a bunch of bundles, since we were at the beach and not doing much except walking in the sand and picking up shells anyway. There were six, and I carefully put them into plastic bags and cushioned them so they wouldn't get broken or unbundled on the way home. In a masterpiece of bad vacation planning, we had only one day between getting home from the beach and setting out for a cruise, so between unpacking the suitcases, doing laundry and repacking, some things never did get properly put away.
You guessed it immediately, but I didn't figure it out until eight months later when I was trying to document all the bundles I'd made during the year. I realized with a terrible sinking sensation that the ones from the beach had never been unpacked and put in the big bag with all the other ones. I searched around in what I thought were obvious places but never could find them.
At least I had the photos, I told myself, trying to get used to the concept of having lost some of my work for the year. Heck, what's the point of a daily or weekly art project if you can't assemble the whole thing when it's over?
The other night I was looking for some crocheting to do while we watched TV. It has just recently gotten cool enough that I want to have an afghan over my lap in the evening. So I found a bag with a project already begun and worked on it during the movie. As I was packing up afterwards I noticed the bag was kind of heavy and rooted around to see what was in the bottom besides three more skeins of yarn.
You might wonder how a bag of half-finished crocheting could sit around for two and a half years without being investigated. But believe me, that's easy. I own lots of tote bags, and many, many of them contain half-finished crocheting. Guess I need to watch more TV and work on those afghans!