It’s amazing how something so simple could be so fulfilling, so soothing…. and feel so incredibly momentous to me. To turn a fluffy mass of wool into something resembling yarn, to feel the lanolin on your hands and breathe in the scent… it’s pure magic.
My love for wool runs deep. As I’ve said before, wool feels like home to me. My very first blog post in this space was about wool. Even the title of my blog (and now our business as well) contain the word wool. Yes, it’s that important to me. I wrote a little about my spinning history in this post and about realizing that I could use a drop spindle and didn’t need a spinning wheel after all. So what was I waiting for?
I practiced with some yarn I had, just to get a feel for the spindle. Then, on Saturday, I dedicated a portion of Bracken’s nap to getting things accomplished on my to-do list, then I took out my drop spindle and spent the rest of his nap playing with it. I peeled back the batts of wool, preparing the wool for spinning like I had done it a thousand times before. Working with the wool felt so natural, so right. It truly made my heart sing. Spinning was slow, and clumsy (like learning to dance with someone for the first time without stepping on their toes) and so incredibly wonderful. With some gorgeous blue dorset wool from Good Ground Farm Fiber in hand, I spun my very first
skein ball of yarn!! I was elated. Spinning had been a dream of mine for so long and here I was holding my handspun yarn in my very own hands. As soon as Bracken awoke, I found Jeff to share the news and he exclaimed “that is so cool!” I wrote my friend an e-mail (who helped inspire me to finally do it) with lots of exclamation points. When my mom called on Sunday, she heard about it too, of course. As time passed, my wish to spin felt more and more intimidating; I was so excited I had finally done it, that I wanted to tell everyone in the whole wide world.
Taking a little “me” time to bring my dream to life went a long ways in feeding my Spirit. It made me realize that if we love something so much, it deserves an important place in our lives. And now, when I need to give myself a gift, I’ll head for my spinning.
Linking up with Nicole’s Keep Calm Craft On.