Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sisterhood of Fiberistas

Our Wednesday spinning group, the Texas Twisters, continues to grow.  Back in the day, we were excited to get a dozen ladies show up for the Christmas party, when our working members could sneak away from their jobs for a couple of hours.  Today, we had nineteen.  It wasn't Christmas, but we were celebrating Marlene's birthday.

We squeeze 19 spinning ladies into a small room in the Senior Center.  No sniggering.

I've had the pleasure to spin with this group for the past nine years, though many of the current group joined much more recently.  The group stays together because of our shared love of knitting, spinning, farms, and the treasury of life experience we've logged together.

The birthday girl was decked out in her customary bright, coordinated accessories...

We've been through husbands' illnesses, daughters' marriages, road trips, new grandkids, diets, financial struggles, knitting breakthroughs, pet deaths, new business ventures and more.

Mary brought fluffy Romney wool to spin...

Each week we bring fiber projects to work on, and after lunch, we go around the circle and do "Show and Tell."  One person starts by holding up and describing her latest spinning or knitting victory, and then it's passed around the circle for everyone to admire.  It's such fun to touch and appreciate each lady's work, though the orderly circuit can devolve into six or seven loud conversations if the S&T Monitor doesn't snap us back to focus.  Like herding cats, we are. 

Gail worked on a darling wool felt owl for her booth at the Holiday Gift Market...

We get to encourage each other in stretching our abilities, and in trying new things.  Our imaginations are sparked by the creative work of our sisters.  We take a great deal of comfort in knowing we're loved and understood.  

Liz spins with all the comforts of home, thanks to her tricked out Schacht wheel...

If one of us gets a new fiber tool or yarn toy, we ALL have to have one, especially if they're on sale or if we can wrangle free shipping.  Ask us about sweater dryers, electric roasters, and pickle jars...

Kate tames some lovely fiber with her drop spindle...

We're terrible enablers.  Many of us have fiber-related businesses, and we regularly tempt our friends with wholesale yarn and handpainted batts and rovings.  It's best to leave your checkbook at home, unless you are interested in some high quality stash enhancement.

Maryann uses her fancy embroidery machine to fashion key fobs for the Farmgirls...

Terri coordinated perfectly with the lovely hand dyed roving she was spinning...

Joanne stays in touch with her wheel by spinning barefooted.  Lots of us learned to spin this way and many of us almost can't spin with shoes on...

Laurie works her magic with gently fluffed mohair locks as she spins...

...she spins in shoes, but they're ancient, well-loved Birkies, so it's okay...

When Barbara's baby hat turned out large enough to fit a grown woman, Peggy became the new proud owner...

This group welcomes new spinners and old, experienced knitters and newbies, weavers, felters and rug hookers.  If you're in our neighborhood and looking for a place to fit in and thrive, give us a go.  We'd love to know you.

6 comments:

  1. You did such a great job with that Droid camera that I think you're going to be downright DANGEROUS with a REAL camera! Love you, fiber sister, animal sister, spinning sister!

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  2. Back atcha, hermana!

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  3. great post on all the fun we have every week. I wouldn't miss it for the world.

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  4. This is a great post and your pictures are wonderful!! You are right, we love to have new people to enable, too. Lot's of fun and encouragement for all.

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  5. I still spin barefoot, too. I must've learned that from Joanne!

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