I'm not good with change. I know that's something that a lot of people struggle with. I'm not really sure knowing that helps me much though. It feels like there's a lot of change happening for me right now and for sure the last few years. I'm sitting here thinking about the changes and realizing just how many years have passed since some of those changes and its mind boggling. Time just slips away so fast. I was just thinking this morning that it's been almost 2 years since my mother passed away. Change...
It's so easy to get use to things being the same. Sometimes that's good, having a routine, being consistent. It can too easily become a rut that we are stuck in. I recently have started making more of an effort to MAKE the time to sit down at my spinning wheel. I don't know why I got away from it because I thoroughly love spinning. Life just gets busy. It took a little while to get back in the groove where my yarn started looking like yarn or at least yarn that was acceptable.
I have the book, and accompanying disc, The Intentional Spinner by Judith MacKenzie McCuin. I love this book. I honestly don't know how many times I've watched the CD and I plan on watching it many more times. She talks about our wheel being an instrument. The challenge is to not try to change our instinctive groove or 'rut' that we naturally fall into. Change your instrument. Adjust your wheel in order to adjust your yarn. Voila! It's almost like magic. Almost, you still have to control your hands, your other instruments. Oh, and your feet BUT I've found a few videos on YouTube that made something click in my head finally. Kimberly at The Natural Spinner has a video called Paco-Vicuna-Spinning Lace. About halfway through she explains how she uses a control card to make sure her yarn is consistent. She made this video in 2013. She doesn't have a ton of videos on her channel but what she does have are so informative. Another is a 2016 video from Camaj Fiber Arts, Eszee Twist Tool/yarn planner: How to Spin a 2-ply yarn from 2 bobbins. She talks here about counting your treadles and finding the balance that's needed.
You may think I'm contradicting myself here. First, I said don't try to change our instinctive groove that we naturally fall into. Next, I'm talking about control cards and counting treadles. I recently saw a meme with a man trying to climb over a wall and he's standing on a pile of ladders.
I really can't help but think these same truths apply to the rest of my life, not just my spinning. At my age, I am who I am. That fact doesn't mean I need to be stuck in a rut at the mercy of chance or my habits. Here comes that word again, change. Taking a good hard look at where we are, what we have to work with, using our resources and making the adjustments we can change the outcome. Maybe I need to stop thinking of it as change. Maybe I need to think of it as adjustments.
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