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SPIN : Give Us This Day Our Daily Spin
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I don’t know how to meditate. I’ve tried it in the past but it just doesn’t come naturally and never seems to stick. Sitting down and intentionally not doing anything is hard for me. I feel like I’ve wasted time. See, I’m a doer. When I’m anxious, sad, or stressed out, I do. Clean. Straighten. Organize. Knit. Plan. Move.  

Spinning has become my happy middle ground. Similar to knitting, it gives me a relaxing activity that still leaves me feeling productive. For about an hour every morning, after taking the dog for a walk and before any caffeine, I sit down in front of my wheel and spin. 

The drafting of the fibers, pulling and releasing. The hum of the wheel and bobbin going round and round. The feel of the wool on my fingers. The rhythmic pedaling. I allow my mind to get lost in these things. I end up, or rather, I start each day, with a quieter, more relaxed mind and 20gms of wool on my bobbin. 

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SPIN : My Kind of Spin Class

At the beginning of each month, I make a short list of goals I'd like to accomplish in the next thirty or so days. Nothing concrete. Sometimes scribbled in the margins of my daily planner. But mostly just a mental note. One of these goals has been to devote more time to spinning.

Oh, spinning. I've been daydreaming about spinning for years. Romanticized visions of meditative sessions, spinning soft wool into sturdy, smooth yarn, gaining some sort of spiritual and wooly awakening. I dabbled a bit, here and there, last year, with my drop spindle. But somehow, I never found the time to really dive in. Or so I told myself. You know what they say: if you want to do something badly enough, you make the time.

So, I added "spin" to my daily to-do's, determined to make that time. Then, every night, I scribbled it out and moved it to tomorrow's list. Day to day, month to month, it was a to-do that kept rolling over. Maybe I really wasn't ready for spinning? Maybe I didn't want to forfeit any of my precious knitting time to the messy, uncertain beginner phase of spinning?

Last month, kismet stepped in and a sweet, new wooly antique shop* announced their first class--Drop Spindling. I grabbed a fellow yarn-loving friend and went. It was fun experience and I feel like I left with some new knowledge and a much better understanding of what I was doing (and wasn't doing.) But, most importantly, with a new confidence and interest in drop spindling. Since then, I have indeed been making the time to do a little spinning every day. The drop spindle is spinning and spinning and spinning. It's also 'clunking' on the floor as I get the hang of it. But the spindle is filling up with thick and thin, nubby, awkward, uneven, and perfectly beautiful beginner yarn. 

*It's called Hope's Favorite Things and if you're ever in the Bangor, PA area, I highly recommend you stop in.