I pulled out my wheel this week and put it through its paces as my reward for completing edits on issue 9 of Knit Edge, which is safely in the hands of our layout person this week, praise be. It was soothing to settle in and just let my hands do what they know. A lot of my friends who are fellow handspinners like to listen to audiobooks or podcasts while they work, but frequently, I’m performing a mindfulness practice as I spin- just being in that moment with the fiber, my fingers, my feet, and my breath.
The resulting skein- 5 ounces of ridiculously inconsistent fingering weight superwash merino, the result of my wheel having been first forgotten, then pushed into the far corner of our guest room while we hosted Kiddo this summer- still makes me ridiculously happy. I’ve no plan as to what I’ll do with it- I never have any plan for my handspun, it always seems like a finished object to me the moment I’m done spinning it, I’ve no idea why that is. I do feel I have my “smart hands” back, though- training wheels are off again!- and I’m willing to pick up that rainbow top I’d dyed this summer now. Hooray!
I’m looking forward to taking that up sometime this weekend, if we stop moving long enough. I sort of doubt it’ll happen, but I’m hoping to dedicate a little bit of Monday to getting started. We have shenanigans with friends going on all day/ into Saturday evening, and an epic birthday party to attend Sunday, but we’ve kept Monday for ourselves and with any luck, I’ll be able to knock out at least one bobbin. What are everybody else’s Labor Day/ just plain weekend (for my non- US folks) plans?