What do you need for successful spinning? What is essential to produce a gorgeous, soft, lofty yarn? Well, you start with beautiful fiber that runs through your fingers like butter, and you spin on well-made equipment that you love and that loves you back. But that’s not all you need…
Spinning can be done in isolation — and there’s something really lovely about the meditative aspect of spinning on one’s own — but, in my opinion, spinning is most enjoyable when it’s done in the company of other spinners. Other spinners inspire, they teach, they encourage, and — most of all — other spinners understand.
A few weeks ago, a friend of mine invited to me come to her spinning group. It was some considerable distance away and, when I realised how long the drive would be, I had second thoughts. But I decided to go anyway, and I am so glad I did. I met a wonderful group of women who welcomed me warmly and whose company I thoroughly enjoyed. And they were knowledgeable — so knowledgeable, years and years of collective experience all gathered up together and shared out, happily, freely. It was an absolute pleasure to spin with them.
If you are a new spinner or wanting to learn to spin, seek out the company of other spinners. It will enhance your experience and your learning immensely. It will inspire you. And I’ve never once met a group of spinners who didn’t welcome with open arms a fellow fiber-lover! So don’t be shy — you can find other spinners through your local yarn shop or knitting group, by looking up spinning guilds, or searching on Ravelry.
And if you happen to find one that meets in a beautiful rural setting on warm summer afternoons, cooled by shade of tall trees and a breeze scented by a garden in bloom, then you will be as lucky as I was. There simply cannot be a better way to spend a lazy Saturday afternoon.