I am not a patient person by nature. I get antsy when I want things done and rarely read manuals before embarking on something new. Waiting for spring makes me restless, although embracing last years blooms can be as rewarding as discovering new. Being impatient is not a good virtue if you are fond of eco printing and natural dyes. Then time is your friend. The longer a bundle waits the better the outcome, for the most part. I find that it is especially difficult to leave paper prints alone, as evident of the photograph above. I printed a whole book at once, and many of the pages looked like this because I could not let it be.
During our adventures in New Jersey, we stuffed some jars with cloth and plants for India's pantry. Thankfully I did two, because I could not resist the one with the indigo sample seeped with marigold blooms. The jar came unsealed and started to bulge, tiny bubbles formed, and naturally it had to be opened. But not until photographed and documented. The second jar is filled with onion juice and iron, and a vintage cotton camisole wrapped with japanese maples rests in its midst. That one will be revealed when I reunite with my friends by the end of summer.
Then there is the weather. I am very impatient about the weather. We already have crocuses, snow drops, and daffodils teasing us in the flower beds. But the threat of snow is always looming. Last week we got 10". Next week there is supposed to be more. It is about time I learn to embrace the Swedish expression: Den som väntar på något gott, väntar aldrig för länge. The one who waits for something good, never waits too long.