Thursday, July 21, 2011
Spin heart, spin.
This. This picture. Does it make your fingers move, just so slightly? Does it make your foot tap out a perfect, steady rhythm? Was the first thing you noticed the pile of lovely dyed fleece on the floor? Or was it one of the wheels? Maybe you even noticed the pile of mini skeins natured dyed into fabulous 1970's colours sitting on the back counter. If you encountered any of these things, then you get it.
This picture is the Master spinner level 1, taught my Marj Sojstrom, class room.
yes! Master spinner!
Wait, what are you talking about? there are no bikes.
Okay, lets reverse a bit.
Once upon a story… One day while cruising Crafster.org -which I happened to stumble upon through a post on diaperswappers.com- clicking through most recent post thumbnails, I see this yarn. And I think to myself 'Ooh what pretty yarn! I wonder where they bought it, and what did they make with it?!' *click* *scroll scroll* wait. WAIT. WHAT?!?!!!! You MADE that YARN?!!!?!!! I didn't know you could make yarn!!! I wanna make yarn!! Honey look look!! This person MADE YARN. MADE it! But how?? Searching and a few 100 questions later, I discovered it was as simple as a dowel with a disc on it, and some wool. So the first chance I got I went out and bought myself a heavy drop spindle (the fancy term for the dowel/disc thingy) and about 2oz of what I think was merino roving. From that first finger flick I was hooked. I still have that yarn. I dyed it with koolaid. It's been felted. It's a pretty sorry mess to be honest, but it was my first. I love that yarn. And just to still your curiosity, here it is:
Okay so fast forward two and a half years, and here we are. Two and half years of spinning, not on a bike, but on a spinning wheel. Making yarn for the sake of making yarn. Putting wool to the wheel and letting my heart guide me. Nearly two years ago, I learned of a place where people who love fibre, who love to spin, who love yarn, get together and for just over 1 week, they learn and teach and socialize with people who get it. This year, I finally got to go. I took the Master Spinner level 1 course. And this blog is my journey. And I thought that, maybe, if I shared it with the world, someone out there will stumble upon it and discover that they too can create yarn, with their own two hands. And fall in love, find themselves, find something that moves them. The way I found myself, fell in love with my wheel, and found something that moves me.