Jillian’s Spinning: Spinning Slow

Anzula Baby Alpaca
Anzula Baby Alpaca

I spin most days. Usually, I spin like hell hounds are at my heels. How fast can I finish? How fast can I get to the next thing? Sometimes I’m forced to spin slow. I have bouts of wicked insomnia.  The kind filled with worry and restlessness, not the kind where I can get up and work. The days after insomnia nights are rough. I’m exhausted, clumsy, sometimes weepy. But I still spin. I spin slowly. As slow as it takes. 2oz in a few hours? It’s OK, that’s 2 oz I didn’t have done before. With spinning I’m able to be kind to myself when I’m having a rough day.  I didn’t sleep much last night, so today I’ll be spinning slowly.

How will you spin today?

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Jillian is the​ author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor​ of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts. She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing. Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com

3 thoughts on “Jillian’s Spinning: Spinning Slow

  1. Lara

    Gently as she goes for me today as well. It will be my CVM rolags that I am spinning using drop spindles. It’s a longer-term project for a sweater, and is very centering.

  2. Kimberly Burnette-Dean

    I tend to always spin like a winter blizzard is hitting tomorrow and my entire family is totally naked. I very seldom ever slow down and just enjoy the experience for what it is. I want to see that yarn accumulate and cover the bobbin in a hurry!

  3. Karrie

    If possible I like to get at least an hour of spinning a day. It depends on the fibre for me I’ve had 4 oz take many hours others can take just a few hours. I like to go with the flow. I agree it can make a bad day feel pretty good

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