the beginning of something big

[written 07/10/05]

or rather the middle of it, maybe. i’m talking about fiber, about yarn, about cloth, about textures and colors and warmth, oh my.

the beginning was years ago, when i started getting really really into weaving – not that i did any, i just devoured book after book about weaving, cardweaving, rughooking even, loom weaving, everything. (though they might have forgotten about it by now, i never will! hee.) ultimately, i did some card weaving, sighed over looms, read desicriptions of week-long classes at the mannings and ultimately decided to devote more time to book-making, which is also fiber-related and, most importantly, cheaper.

then, about a year and a half ago, i watched amanda start knitting and just like that i got bit finally by the persistent knitting bug. so i started and that was that. or so i thought. but now this spinning thing – hmm, it’s worrying me. it’s making me think i’m going to go just hog-wild with fiber. and the word fiber just hasn’t ever, and still doesn’t, inspire a whole lot in me. it’s just not the prettiest word. but spinning? and spindle? and treadle? and roving? ah, beautiful words they are, making me feel like i’m in a fairy tale, or involved in magic, which just sucks me right in.

for others, the sign that one is truly into spinning would be the buying of a wheel (or dare i say, multiple wheels) and stocking up of roving. me, i’m already looking at attending SOAR, Spin Off’s Annual Retreat – not this year, but maybe next year or the year after. call me crazy but first read this review [from knitters reivew] and then call me names if you wish.

me? i just want to dive in with both feet – the class was amazing and, for anyone else in the so. cal. area that wants to try spinning, i can’t recommend more highly the weaver’s cottage’s classes – as well as cheryl ambrose, the teacher. she was excellent, thorough, patient and just so sweet. i’ll definitely be back and for now, i just can’t stop staring at this beautiful traveller wheel – it’s mine for a week!