Spinning Tales

So I’ve been knocked out by a cold the last few days, but I’m finally on the mend. But I basically slept through the weekend and Monday and was only barely concious yesterday. Which means I owe you guys a post or three to catch up.

I lieu of talking about reading today I’d like to talk about another hobby – spinning.

No, not overpaying to listen to trance music on a stationary bike.

Spinning. As in making yarn. Which I then knit or crochet with.

I find spinnining and knitting to be meditative. Both are activities which can absorb your entire attention in the movement of your hands, your tools, and the shaping of the fiber. I find spinning especially mediatative at the moment. Mostly because I am still learning, but also because the action of twisiting wool or silk into thread brings to mind spirals in other actions.

Like, have you ever considered how much of our language about storytelling involves words taken from textile production.

Spinning a tale.

Telling Yarns.

Embroidering the truth.

A story can be well woven. 

I’m sure I’ll come up with a few more if I just keep spinning.


For the interested I’ve put a few of my recent spinning projects below. You can also find me on Ravelry.


Rainbow Targhee spun on my e-spinner


Silk lap handspun on a turkish spindle


Silk Hankies spun on my turkish spindle


Glowwyrm – my 3D-printed glow-in-the-dark mini turkish spindle, sitting on my kindle for scale




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