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Spinning As Meditation

I’m about to do some spinning and was just thinking once again how working with yarn and fiber keeps me sane.  I absolutely love color and texture.  The rhythm of a spinning wheel or knitting needles is meditation for me. The yarn I am spinning doesn’t look anything like what is in this picture. Image First of all I am still a novice and working to be able to control the thickness of the yarn I spin as well as the twist.  Secondly I am still using fiber from my stash purchased years ago because it was a bargain rather than because I absolutely loved the color or fiber.  Once I work my way into my stash a little more I am only going to buy fiber that I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE.  And furthermore no more “free” raw fiber.  There’s a reason that it’s free and paying for fiber properly dyed and processed is worth every penny.  These are some of the lessons I ponder as a result of being 64 years old and wanting to make the most of every precious moment.  Life is too short.

Aaron knits...and spins, and weaves.

A blog about knitting, spinning, weaving, and the fiber arts scene in New York's Greater Capital District.

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Weaving With Cats

I'm a longtime weaver who likes to weave fabric for clothing. More recently, I learned how to to knit, spin yarn, dye, felt, bead & more. My spiral motif rigid heddle Mermaid Scarf appeared on the cover of the Nov/Dec 2015 issue of Handwoven magazine. I invented the freeform overshot weaving technique with which I wove my Mermaid Scarf. I sell weaving patterns and instructional booklets in my Etsy shop. Visit my Facebook page Lisa Rayner Handwovens. Join my Facebook group Weave Along With Lisa Rayner for weaving instruction and inspiration. You'll also find Lisa Rayner Handwovens on Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram. I like complex patterns, hand dyed yarns, high quality fibers and customers who want me to make them something special. I am not a production weaver. All items are custom made.

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