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Wednesday, May 25, 2005


No photo today, but yesterday I got some back issues of Spin Off magazine that I had ordered. You know what's really cool about doing something that has been done for thousands of years? A technique or style of spinning that was valid then, is still pretty relevent now. A couple of the Spin Off's were from the 1990's. How many things printed back then would be valid now? And that's not even that far back! One of the magazines is from Winter 2001. As everything printed during that time does, it reflects and looks at the September 11 terrorist attacks. I wasn't spinning then but I was knitting. I was doing a striped turtleneck in the round with La Gran and I knit like a fiend. I channelled all my nervous energy into my knitting, and let me tell you, knitting is great for fidgety, nervous emotions. I don't remember how long it took me to finish the sweater but I know it wasn't long. It fits beautifully but I've never been able to wear it other than to try it on. I guess there is too much emotion knit into its fabric. I don't know if I'll ever be able to wear it but once or twice a year, I pull it out and try it on. After a couple of minutes, I take it off, fold it up and put it away. I guess as a sweater, its not really doing its job, but as a sponge for my emotions, a thing that literally absorbed my feelings of sadness, confusion, and fear, it was exactly what I needed. Like I said, I wasn't spinning then but I often wonder, since that sweater, how much do we knit or spin of ourselves into what we are working on?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very Sex In The City of you! It makes me miss that show! I think you are exactly right, though. I don't spin, knit, or do anything with yarn, but I know my hobbies are a great outlet for me, no matter what is going on. I figure there are gardeners out there who can point to a certain part of their yard and say, "I did that when..." or a painter who paints their emotions. I think it's all very theraputic! sis

1:01 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

I think that's sort of the idea behind prayer shawls, except that you purposefully knit emotions into each stitch. Sometimes, I think that's almost harder, the mindful knitting.

9:56 AM  

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