The basket of dyed fleece is ready to be spun into yarns which will be woven into a tapestry. The possibilities are endless and I will allow Spirit to move through me, gently guiding the fibers as they are drafted into soft but sturdy yarn. People often ask me why I spin my own yarns, when I could simply go to the store and buy them. I tell them that spinning allows me to create just the right yarn born from my fingers and energy, but that it is also so much more than the yarn. Its the process, the journey - not the end result.
I am a spinner. Of fibers, words, yarns, and tales. It is an ancient activity that connects me to all those who have spun before me…creating thread which became rope, or string, or yarn which was woven or knitted or knotted into cloth and dressed the body or home. And yet spinning is a very present activity for it requires me to be in the present moment. One must be fully aware of only this exact moment when the fibers are coming together otherwise they won’t. It calms me as I hear the gentle whorl of the spindle or wheel and feel the fibers slip through my fingers.
A strand of yarn is nothing more than a group of fibers surrounding a column of air.
If one’s attention wanders off while spinning, then too much twist can enter the fibers and the strand of yarn becomes gnarly. Or there might not be enough twist and the continuous strand breaks leaving you with frayed edges of fibers. When we bring our attention back to that present moment we can tend to all those frayed edges and bring them into alignment again. Much like our relationship to God. When we turn our attention away from God, our lives seem scattered, frayed, broken. Bring your attention back to God and everything aligns back together. Sometimes the gnarly strand is stressed so that it breaks and leaves us with ends that are tight. To reattach the two ends, one must untwist or loosen the edges of each end of strand – open them up so to speak – so that they can be aligned again and spun together. Just like when we try to control our lives instead of allowing ourselves to flow in the movement of Spirit. We reach our breaking point and the only way we can recover is to loosen up, let go, turn it all over to God and flow in Spirit once again.