Louise invited me to join her spinning group on Facebook: it’s full of amazing spinners sharing gorgeous handspun yarns, and everyone is so supportive and helpful that I find myself scrolling through posts when I need a break from the bad news in life.
Louise had the idea to have monthly themes, kind of like a spin-a-long. This past month was Bollywood! I love the fabrics, the shine, the amazing choreographed group dances. I love the music: I studied it throughout my “world music” class in university (for the record I think that name is stupid because it classifies everything outside of western music norms as an “other.”)
I remembered that I had a braid of red and burgundy fibre hiding in my spinning stash. I got the idea to ply it with some gold thread to evoke the shine of Bollywood textiles.
Plus, I got to use my new cheaply made niddy noddy to wind it off the spindle! Still, throughout the whole process, my mind was like this:
“Wow this is actually really cathartic, why don’t I do this more often?”
“OH GOD I THINK I OVERSPUN THE FIBRE MY DRAFTING IS TERRIBLE IT’S NOT EVEN OH MAN I THINK I’M RUINING THIS GORGEOUS FIBRE WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING?!”
Oh yeah, that’s why I haven’t done this more often. Still, the gold thread…sort of plied? It’s not nearly as neat or nice as I was hoping, but for a first “finished” attempt, I’ll take it. I bought a gorgeous bluegreen bat from Louise at the Waltham Abbey Wool show a couple weeks ago, and there was a deal on sparkly thread so I also bought silver and blue.
Holy sparkle, Batman! I got this stunningly gorgeous batt from Louise of @spincityuk at the @walthamabbeywool show yesterday! I very narrowly avoided buying ANOTHER drop spindle from her (I’ve had this one for about a year), but only because I want to buy a wheel later this year! . . . . . . . . . . . #creativehappylife #craftastherapy #handsandhustle #creativityfound #abmcrafty #createmakeshare #calledtobecreative #crochetconcupiscence #makersmovement #slowliving_create #handmadehour #craftsposure #wemakecollective #crochetaddict #crocheteveryday #crochetfun #crochetersofinstagram #i_loveknitting #knittersofinstagram #knittinginspiration #craftholic #projectoftheday #abmcrafty #craftastherapy #igknitters #knitstagram #makersgonnamake #myunicornlife #yarnlove #yarnaddict
I think I just might do some more spinning in the near future. It’s an excellent distraction from a world that seems intent on imploding on itself!
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