The other day when I was getting ready to go to the fiber revival, I pulled out my wheels deciding which grrl should go with me. Given that my little Lendrum was still folded in her bag from my last trip to Newburyport, I figured I would just take the easy way out and bring her again.
As I was looking at the wheels, it dawned on me that I had not actually spun for quite some time. I also realized with the fall like weather we have been having that Autumn is right around the corner and I NEED a new favorite vest, as my old one is getting a bit worn. With that in mind, I picked up my Robin and started spinning the lovely mohair/border leicester blend that I have been working on for ........drum roll please...........2 YEARS. Holy crap! Get that vest done already woman!
As I spun this bobbin, I thought about my life over the last few years and why I don't seem to have the down time that I used to. My conclusion is....I create my own stress by trying to do it all, which of course we all know unless you are wonder woman (which I am not), many things start to fall by the wayside. For me these past few years, it has been my spinning and weaving. (both loom and basket).
It's a fine line.........I love to work with dyes and create colors and I love working at festivals where I get to chat about what I love most......color and fiber. On the other hand, the sad reality is, I have to work to make a living, which cuts into my creative time , so I find that I am spending my free time working on yarns so other people can be creative.
During the hours I sat spinning, I thought about it. I go thru creative cycles when I create for myself, which I enjoy and then I go thru cycles when I create for others so that they can enjoy.........and really it is balanced. I am just realizing that the pendulum needs to swing in the create for myself end for a little spell, so it can once again sit balanced again in the middle.
One of the things I really do need to get off my plate is Ashley's vest. Ashley saw this pattern on my desk one day and declared that she MUST have one. So for her birthday, I ordered the yarn that the vest in the pattern was made with and there it as sat until she reminded me 2 days ago that she would be leaving in one short month, so I tackled the task of getting it done. I have to admit it truly has been a task. The yarn, Tahki Donegal Tweed, reminds me very much in texture of Black Water Abby yarn........a bit scratchy and hard on the hands. Remember.....a Woolen Rabbit is used to working with fine angora type blends so this yarn is a real challenge to stay committed to, as those soft little hussies whispering in the corner are very hard to ignore.
Once I get thru the fair season, I think I will take a short break and get comfortable with my wheels and loom and put the dyepots away for a spell. One of the songs I loved best as a young teen was Turn, Turn, Turn............those words, "To everything there is a season" still resonate in my head to this day. It has taken me a long time on my life path to understand balance as I am a jump in the deep end kind of person....but I am learning, slowly, but surely. :-)