Friday, October 26, 2007

A bit of meditation

The time this evening is just flying by! It turns out that Angel indeed can't visit this weekend because of her beesting. Sadness! Coffeeboy is out for the night, and I'm home, ruminating on my first day of the Southeaster Animal and Fiber Festival. What am I doing with all my free time?

...reading about spinning wheels on the internet.


Spinning felt like meditation. For at least for a few minutes at a time, and that was quite a few minutes after I might have uttered some under-the-breath cursing about things not working, twisting too much, twisting too little, the wheel turning in the wrong direction, on and on. Little by little, though, things started clicking. I remembered spinning the not-well-prepared fiber at the New Jersey festival last year, and I liked how the wheel kept the tension going, rather than all the stopping and starting of the drop spindle.

Eventually, I forgot that I was sitting on a really hard concrete bench. Somehow, my feet were doing one thing and my hands were doing another, and yarn of some variety found itself on the bobbin. I was spinning (sort of)! I forgot about the concrete bench until I realized a couple of hours had passed and my tired feet reminded me I could barely feel my rear!

Folks, I think I might have turned to the dark side, or whatever you want to call it.

I'll have more to say about the festival in a day or two after it's over; I just wanted to share my excitement about spinning! I guess the big question is: what will come of tonight's internet research? Will the cats have to learn the dos and don'ts of wheels? Can I let the fact that I'm turning the big 3-0 in, oh, about 5 weeks figure in somewhere?


Julia said...

No dark side about it, you have joined the fold. Glad spinning went well for you! My cats don't care a fig about the wheel, except one of them likes to lie in my lap on my arms when I'm spinning because he thinks he is far more important than whatever it is I'm doing.

The_Add_Knitter said...

The dark side, too funny!

keri said...

Hehe- yes the darkside and I like it over here! =)So glad we got to meet and have lunch at SAFF and happy to hear your lesson went great.

I went over to the even darker - darkside if there is one. While I was there I purchased a new wheel, my dream wheel so now I need to sell my old one to make space. The new one isn't here yet but I'm very excited.

Zarzuela said...

Yay! Another convert!! :) If there's anything I can do to enable *cough* I mean, educate you, let me know! :) Spinning is indeed wonderful and meditative. And except for Simba constantly rubbing on my wheels when I'm trying to spin or jumping in my lap, she really pays them no mind.

I think a wheel for a birthday present is totally appropriate by the way. ;)