Spinning and the center

January 4, 2011 at 5:07 pm 1 comment

So, from the name of this blog, you’d think I’m a hardcore spinner. And truth is, I’m not. Shocking, right?

I’m a casual, work-a-day spinner. I love to spin, and I love to acquire things to spin, but there are problems with the process. It’s not very portable, for one, and I can’t do it without looking at it. Which means, no multitasking.

On a side-note, see here for the most adorable knit-multitasking of the winter, knitting my Pom-pom hat with my nephew Grégory (eee! I have a nephew!) starting to doze off.

Anywho, no multitasking with spinning, which has meant that it gets relegated to second (third, fourth) banana. But, that just means a need for a paradigm shift, right? Spending time appreciating the task at hand, and not trying to be six places at once. Finding center and stability and patience with a slow and steady task. It’s something that I used to be much better at, and I’ve fallen away from. In fact, it’s the concept of center that led me to choose this blog name in general – I’m a person with lots of things swirling around, and the world itself keeps spinning too. But a balanced wheel (or spindle!) is something with a lot of control, and that’s  what I’d like to be aiming for.

This leads me to two exciting upcoming events. The first is tonight – a spinning workshop at Dudley House. This could be perhaps the most well-attended fiber-related event I’ve thrown as a Dudley Fellow, which is surprising, because I’ve never had a single person show up to spin at workshops at Stitch House. I have 9 RSVPs, not including myself and the hubster, so I’m excited! The agenda has some spindling demos, some fiber talk, and my spinning wheel taking the place of honor. Then, we’ll be MAKING OUR OWN SPINDLES! Can you feel the excitement? I’ve got materials for making a dozen simple top-whorl drop spindles – a hardwood wheel, a 9″ segment of 3/4″ birch dowel with a pilot hole drilled in one end, and a 5/8″ cup hook. A dab of glue, and you’ve got a drop spindle!

Next week we’ll be Kool-Aid dying, à la Knitty, so I need to make sure I’ve got enough dyeable stock around that I’m willing to part with; that, or order more.

And after that, I’ll be taking a long-awaited trip out to Western MA to visit the yoga ashram Kripalu. I’m not going for anything special, just to spend a couple of nights in a different place and to take some yoga classes. Ever since my hands have become problematic (2 years and counting, now), my yoga practice has gone downhill (which has probably made things worse). I’d like to get it back into my life, and this seemed like a no-brainer way to do it. For a long time I’ve had the notion of joining their teacher-training course, so I’m hoping this will give me some experience with the way things work there, and let me know if that’s a path I should follow or not. I’m incredibly excited about it, which is great, because I’ve been in a real rut for a long time.

I hope to have some awesome spinning pictures for you guys to oogle later on, so stay posted!


Entry filed under: spinning, yoga.

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  • 1. Helen Taylor  |  November 2, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Hi there,
    You have a great site! I found your name from a review about Lotuspad eco yoga mats. I’d like to get in touch with the owner to order a bunch for our school but can’t find an email or website which has a connection capability. Can you help me reach her? I am a Canadian, teaching at an international school in Trinidad and would like to bring them in for our new yoga classes which will start in Jan.
    My email address is htaylor@isps.edu.tt and the tel. # is 868-633-4777, ex 231.
    I know it is a big request, and would really appreciate your help, as her mats look like what we want (if we can afford them).
    Helen Taylor


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