Wednesday, January 19, 2011

"Close by the window, Young Maggie is spinning . . ."

Blame my Aunt.  She listened for two seconds about my Laundress Impression last Thanksgiving and decided she needed to impart some inter-generational wisdom:  take up the spindle ( have thy mothers before thee...).  It would give me another period skill to share at reenactments, she said, plus it was hipper than washing long-johns.  And it's a more portable than a washtub.

Since then I've come to appreciate the hypnotic, meditative "groove" one can find while spinning.  Once you get going, the thread seems to almost make itself - you get into the rythmn of swiftly-drafting wool, winding on to the spindle, humming little old tunes to go along with your 10,000 year old hobby.  It's a great conversation starter, and demands less concentration than hand-sewing or knitting.  I admit, I'm a total geek reject for bringing it to parties, but somehow I find it's easier to talk to people when I'm doing something with my hands.  Don't ask me why.

If any of you are interested in giving it a try, leave a comment and I'll point out some resources you might use to get started!

1 comment:

  1. I think that it is so wonderful that you are spinning. I can see how it would end up being totally meditative as that's what draws me into sewing and specifically hand quilting; it's the rhythm which one developes as their hands are moving. The question is, what do plan to do with all that hand spun fiber?