by David Kellin, email@example.com
I am a curious guy. As a child I was fascinated with know how things worked. We had no working clocks in the house, as I have torn them apart to figure out how they worked. I have not lost that trait.
I am never sure what will spark that curiosity. It seems to strike regularly, but without warning. The most recent attack on my need to learn came when I talked to a woman spinning yarn at a local heath Festival. Her table boasted spinning for relaxation. Lighting bolt strike to my brain later, and I was curious on how to spin
Spinning yarn is not done much now. It was a staple of life before machine age took over. I think that because I did not understand how the spinning wheel worked, I was hooked to figure it out. I have learned a bit in the months since the learning bug hit.
Sitting on the porch today, I spun some Alpaca roving I had worked up. My carding pads from an Etsy seller came in from Russia this week. Cheaper to buy them there than in the US. Go Figure, Huh.
I spun for about 2 hours and got to a stopping point. Winding the “Yarn” on the Nitty Noddy, I found I had a whole lot less “Yarn” that what I might imagine. But washed it up and hung it weighted to dry.
I got home and retrieved the yarn, and wound it up in a small ball. It is the size of a Danish Wedding Cookie. I got to thinking about what I had learned, so here are my insights as they can be applied to life.
- Knowledge is mind opening and vital to growth. Everything I learn, I try to apply it.
- Knowledge is the beginning of wisdom and skill. You learn by doing, not reading.
- Google and Youtube can help bridge the concepts, but the fiber must pass through your hands to be yarn.
- The amount of effort required for everyday things we take for granted is often unconsidered.
- Making efforts helps appreciation and respect.
- It is going to take forever to make a sweater, but man will I love it and cherish it because I know the effort.
If someone makes you something by hand, understand that it is a gift of time, and perseverance. It is way too easy to go to walmart and swipe the card and get a machine made carbon copy of a sweater.
My peers think I am crazy for taking up these learning projects. I am of the mind to respond back, “Yes, you are correct”. I can say that, because no matter what I say, they will not be in the experience with me. So sitting on the porch drafting out a few fibers at a time, I am relaxing into my comfort zone. Will I spin tomorrow, probably.
Writer Notes: I have used words in this article, you might not be familiar with. No worrys, it is the language of the spinners. Curious about their meaning, drop me a line, or join me and you can drop a spindle with me as I teach you to spin.