At present, my days are filled with a constant level of pandemonium: demanding career; familial obligations; scads of bills; a plethora of appointments; making time for friends despite the perpetual fanfare; all amidst the backdrop of the ever so lovely and uninterrupted teenage tumult courtesy of my adoring daughter. Life’s mélange, so to speak. Needless to say I need to decompress from my daily toils in the evenings or I shall not be long for this world. So, how and where do I find a degree of downtime?
I find my brand of solace in repetition.
Yes, the act of pulling a loop of yarn through another loop of yarn over and over again is very meditative. Feet to treadles, wheel in motion, gentle twist entering strips of carded wool in a seemingly endless cycle is definitely calming. Aiding shuttle in its journey to and fro across the taught expanse of warp threads is nothing short of sheer tranquility. Moving brush from dye pot to fiber again and again, each stroke an explosion of color, pigments seeping into the essence of the yarn’s being, is my serenity.
This kind of repetition is the ultimate in restorative power.
A power that is produced from something as simple as reworking a familiar pattern in an unfamiliar colorway…
A power that is honed while working a pattern repeat ad infinitum.
A power that is all at once supportive and expansive with every lap around the niddy noddy.
A power that is generated at the end of each and every day in the humble environ that I call home.
What would I do without yarn???