I often spend my lunch hour in the café at a Barnes & Noble store not far from my office. I find that getting out and doing something for me helps to clear my head so that I can once again focus on work. I buy myself something to drink and have that with my lunch. You’ll find me paging through books and magazines, writing or knitting. Mostly I’m knitting and for the record, I’m not the only one with this idea.
One day a number of months ago, springtime I believe, a lady noticed that I was knitting and stopped over to say hello. She’s also a knitter and so we chatted a bit about yarn, Ravelry and Rhinebeck. I also remember her complementing what I was working on, which just made my day! Anytime an experienced knitter tells you that your work is good is a happy day!
Since that day Teabird and I have connected on both Twitter and Ravelry in addition to chatting at the bookstore. Oh and check out her blog: Tea Leaves she’s a knitter, a writer, an avid reader and a very sweet person. 🙂
Anyway, we both have our “designated” spots in the café, within eyeshot of each other it turns out. We chat occasionally about knitterly things and then oh about two weeks ago I noticed her using a drop spindle to spin some yarn. I was intrigued. I’ve had it in the back of my mind that one of these days I’d learn to spin but you know, it just sat there in a thought bubble not really getting anywhere. Then an amazing thing happened: as we were talking she asked if I’d like to learn…I said YES! Her eyes lit up and she said the next time she’s at B&N she’d bring some “fluff” and a spindle and she’d show me. I went back to my table and could barely focus on what I was knitting. I got the feeling that she was as excited to teach me as I was to learn.
This past Thursday it happened! I showed up at the bookstore and Teabird was already there. She handed me a sweet little bag with all of this in it:
The spindle she gave me is a “pay-it-forward” gift. The woman who taught Teabird to spin gave her her first spindle and so she’s continuing the tradition. One day when I know what I’m doing and the opportunity arises I will do the same. She is graciously allowing me to borrow her spindle and an instructional DVD by Abby Franquemont and she’s provided some great printouts of instructions as well. I’ve read through them all and will be watching the DVD shortly – as soon as I have time to really focus on it.
So how have I done so far?
I’ll admit it’s not the prettiest thing, it’s a bit thick and thin in a weird sort of way (sometimes that’s a good thing, not so much here) but that’s okay I’m a beginner. I am so excited. I can see how using a spindle can be a very Zen like experience once you get the hang of it, and I intend to do so!
When I got back to the office from my lunch break, I called my husband and told him all about it! He’s excited for me. He said, “I guess I know what you will be buying at Rhinebeck this year.” Yup, he’s right. My husband is such a wonderful enabler!