Robin Stroot Next week set aside for spinners and weavers to celebrate


Oct. 7-13 is National Weaving and Spinning Week. Many craft stores and fiber guilds across the country will hold instructional classes and sessions on the art of spinning and weaving fiber into thread/yarn.

I first fell in love with the art of spinning wool into yarn after seeing a public spinning demonstration by the late Lois Young of Minden. Several years later, I would be presented with a hand-crafted Saxon spinning wheel and have my opportunity to turn wool fiber into yarn.

I haven’t had much opportunity to do much spinning/ weaving over the last couple of years. Next week, however, I might just have to spend a little time spinning and warping my loom to celebrate.

It’s hard to do crafts with a cut on your thumb. I have a small 1/8-inch cut along the side of my right thumb. I’ve had to use the delete button to fix my typing errors for this craft column because of that tiny cut on my thumb. Of course, everything you try to work on seems to make that tiny cut hurt just a little more. I know it will be better in a couple of days but for now, it’s just plain annoying.

Speaking of annoying, I’m sitting in my recliner working on a knitting project, which has become large enough to take up quite a bit of space in my chair. Right now, my cat Jinx is contemplating her next move. See, she wants to be sitting in my lap (a condition I call C.O.L. — cat on lap — which also affects my ability to answer a telephone or doorbell in a timely manner). Or, maybe she just wants me to move so she can have the seat of the recliner all to herself. There isn’t much space for me, her AND my knitting to fit in the chair. Now she’s just sitting on the floor at the edge of the chair s-t-a-r-i-n-g at me. (Staring doesn’t work on me.) She jumps on the couch (conveniently located next to the recliner) and puts her front paws on the arm of the recliner. She decides that this particular angle is too blocked. Jump down to the floor then onto the footstool part of the recliner. I keep working on my knitting as she continues working her strategy. Sit on footrest … stare at owner … reach paw out and bat at the evil yarn taking up the space on the chair. Slowly walk onto the recliner seat, nudge head under edge of knitting needles and hand of said knitter. Tuck head under rest of knitting and take over space of knitted project so that said knitter can’t make the stitches slide along her knitting needles because SOME CAT is sitting on the knitting. Glue self down to knitting (if you own a cat you completely understand that statement). Knitter sighs and knitting on the particular project has now ceased and is put away. Meow (means “I win”), purr and fall soundly asleep. Mission accomplished.



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