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January 25, 2021 / weavingschool

What Part Does Process Play?

I’m spending multiple hours watching Zoom talks these days: by inspiring artists, for teaching, with friends, with family, for classes. I need something to do with my hands while I’m watching.

Like lots of us with all this time on our hands, I was cleaning out a closet the other day and came across a sweater I’d spun and knitted in the 1980s when I was just learning to spin. It weighed a ton and I rarely wore it, but the fleece was all hand dyed with natural dyes and gifted to me by a dear friend. Besides I never throw anything away.

So I eventually connected the dots deciding to unravel the sweater and re-spin the yarn. Untwisting the badly spun yarn brought to mind the Native Americans who unraveled blankets to use as weft in their rugs. I feel like I am honoring this tradition in my own way. It is also a challenge both the un-spinning and the time involved. I’m using a drop spindle for the un-spinning and an antique great wheel for the re-spinning. Another link to “simpler” times. My hands are once again touching every fiber multiple times.

Young children aren’t interested in the finished product of their art work, they just like making it. As a teacher and mother of four I’ve observed this many times. Will I ever finish making a new sweater from the old? I’m not sure it even matters, somehow this busy work is all about the process.

Sleeves with yarn balls and knitting sample with new yarn
Sweater before taking apart



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  1. Barbara Hoepp / Feb 1 2021 4:59 pm

    Always one to do everything slow and steady. Your perseverance forever inspires me. Right now I am knitting to give fingers a break from stitching. Keep being the wonderful you💙

    • weavingschool / Feb 2 2021 11:58 am

      Your posts keep me inspired. Glad to keep in touch.

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