View From My Wheel: Friends

Everyone was alseep when I took the picture, shhhh.

I just got back from a blissful weekend away with fiber friends. There were seven of us holed up in a cabin for 2 1/2 days, doing nothing but fiber, watching movies and overloading on carbs.

This weekend got me thinking about how I spin with friends. Spinning with friends is all about relaxing. It’s impossible for me to learn or teach something new, because I might miss out on my share of the conversation.

I did find I can practice skills that I already have a seed planted for in my head and hands, thick and thin or trimming my yarn diameter. But something new or something not in my realm of my usual woolen yarn was a no go. I brought some beautiful merino/silk I wanted to spin as a fine worsted yarn, and as many times as I touched it, I couldn’t even take it out of my spinning bag.

For me the key is the calm and easy feeling I get when I spin with my friends. It’s my grown up version of a playground. When kids play on a playground they are 100% there with their friends, playing their favorite games, nothing else matters. When I spin with my fiber tribe it’s the same, I am 100% there, my hands doing what they love best, and my heart happy and light. Why spin something new?

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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

8 thoughts on “View From My Wheel: Friends

  1. Eileen

    …and it LOOKS utterly blissful, too…wish I could live in that photo for a while and re-learn how to spin! (took a fun class once, but haven’t had time for spinning since, sigh…)

  2. Barbara

    Great…now with all the other inspiration on Knitty- I’ve gotten the bug to break out the spindle again! 🙂

  3. heather

    a beautiful merino/silk as a fine worsted yarn sounds Delightful! maybe one day? 🙂 the getaway with friends sounds very relaxing! lucky girl:)

  4. Sue

    Can you imagine all those beautiful wheels spinning by themselves when everyone sleeps? they will have their own retreat, spin and chat, spin and chat……..

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