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Monday, June 24, 2013

Ode To Grey Sheepswool

Hello grey sheepswool yarn. It's been a long time. When you arrived in the Dawn dish liquid box today, shipped all the way from Schoolhouse Press in Wisconsin, I could hardly wait to get the box opened. I knew beforehand what I would do. I put a beautiful skein of you right in my face so I could inhale your sheepy goodness. And I cried. Healing, cooling, comforting tears. 

Back in the early 80's I bought several skeins of some relatives of yours from the very same Wisconsin source. It was the first time I was going to knit a wool sweater. The only sweaters I had made prior to this were a kelly green and yellow, striped, garter stitch top out of Red Heart yarn for David, our oldest son, then a baby. And next on the needles was a rust-colored, cotton, 'fashion' top for me that I never did quite correctly figure out the knitting directions for, but finished it somehow and wore it proudly...well, more or less proudly. 

The first grey sheepswool sweater was for David, then a growing little boy. I also bought a skein of red and white wool in order to incorporate a color pattern. Never mind that I had never knit with more than one color of yarn in the same row before. I was enthusiastic and optimistic. I saw the sweater featured in some women's magazine, but I was loathe to follow the commercial directions given my problems with the cotton top I had earlier knit for myself. I decided instead to follow Elizabeth Zimmermann's EPS (Elizabeth's Percentage System) allowing me to make the sweater as a circular raglan at a gauge that I decided upon. A "thinking" knitter I was going to be, by golly! When I finished David's sweater I was very excited that it looked pretty darn good. The ribbing at the cuffs and lower border was a bit flaccid, but nothing that a little stretch nylon couldn't correct. I showed my Ma. She said nothing positive. To be fair, she said nothing at all. I don't think she even smiled. Soon after Ma bought David a lovely, finely knit, navy sweater made in Italy. I shouldn't have let myself get so upset over this. I shouldn't have let her lack of enthusiasm color my opinion of what I had created. What Ma did (or for that matter, did not do) said much more about her than anything to do with the dear little sweater or my gallant knitting efforts. After all, nothing should or could dampen the love that went into each and every stitch of that sweater for my beautiful boy. And at least she didn't say about this sweater what she did say about another sweater when I was knitting it years later. She was visiting us in Massachusetts one summer. If memory serves me Ma said that she wouldn't wear THAT sweater to a dogfight. My mistake was that I obviously shouldn't have looked for any pats on the back or encouragement from her. Such motherly-daughterly hip-hip-hurrahs were never forthcoming. A year or so after this proclamation about my 'ugly' sweater, Ma started showing signs of Alzheimer's Disease.
 

Years went by. Early on I learned to spin. Then I learned to dye. I was specifically interested in learning about plants that offered up their natural dyes. For the most part, I appreciated and saw worth in every single adventure I was part of, though not all of them were easy and carefree. In fact, I encountered many a boulder on those fiberish adventures. Still I went forward as positively as possible. I thought, wrote, and taught about all that I had learned in the fiber arts. I got hurt when folks I met and/or admired in the field didn't meet expectations I had unfairly set for them, or act how I would have liked them to act. Never mind that no one need be required meet another person's expectations. Never mind that we all have free will to think and act as we'd like. Never mind that I would have done better not having any exacting expectations in the first place.

I made many treasured friends through fibers. Some of them I'm still close to and delight as we celebrate each others new adventures and laugh at many of the crazy, old times. Over the years I have attracted a few folks who were jealous of me, no doubt because I, too, harbored doses from that same murky well of jealousy. I attracted folks with various fears, often having me look straight into the abyss of my own set of fears. I attracted critical, overly sensitive people, mirroring my own critical. over-the-top-sensitive penchant! What goes around comes around. What one sows, one reaps. Karma gets balanced, that's for sure. Oh yeah...the lessons continue... I shall aim to learn from my past and make the future brighter in all ways.

Today, a warm June day in 2013, I am going to begin knitting a grey sheepswool sweater. I haven't knit, spun, or made much of anything with wool for a few years. Oh yes, I knit a few prayer shawls for people. But I couldn't bear to make them out of wool because all the reasons I had stopped spinning, knitting, and dyeing would have been too painful to admit if I did. But I'm happy to say that it's time to renew my love affair with sheepswool. It's time to go back to the source of my knitting joy by creating an Elizabeth Zimmermann garment for me. Perhaps before I cross over I'll have made a good % of EZ's published patterns. No matter what, I plan to have a blast enjoying each and every loving stitch. And if someday you see me spinning and dyeing, as well...then it'll be clear that I've tackled some of the biggest boulders of all and was successful at putting them where they belonged.  

Monday, June 10, 2013

Brattleboro, Vermont "In Person" Happening On 7/6/13

On Saturday, July 6th I will be giving Psychic Mediumship and Tarot readings in person at Equilibrium on 14 Elm Street, Brattleboro, VT from 12:00 pm (noon) - 6 pm. Each 20-minute reading will be $25 and will be booked on the half-hour. There may be some room for walk-ins, but to insure a spot, please book ahead of time. When you call or e-mail me, I'll let you know if the time slot you want is available, and what slots are left to choose from. To book a reading, please e-mail me: spinningjenny57@hotmail.com or call me at 802-368-7217.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Light and Shadow

For some time now a simple, but profound teaching has weaved its way in and around my life on a day-to-day basis. It is this: With every situation we encounter, whether we deem it a good thing or a bad thing, there is shadow and light. With every person we encounter, whether we call them a friend or an enemy or something in-between, there is shadow and light. 

An example of a situation we might think of as wonderful would be if someone won an enormous amount of money in the lottery or by some other form of gambling. The money won could ease our financial burdens. We could spend our time, if we chose to do so, not working day-jobs but enjoying pursuits of leisure. We could buy the material things we always wanted. The money won could ease other people's financial burdens if we shared it. But whether we shared the money or not, it is possible that some people would "expect" us to give some of that money to them for whatever reason. Bitterness and anger could rise up in us and in others. And then since it's a whole lot of money that was won, there is the possibility that a huge chunk would be eaten up in taxes, irritating us with all the hassles inherent in that situation. Some people may become jealous of us for winning the money. Some people may try to become fast friends for reasons other than truly desiring friendship. If we gambled and won a lot of money, we may reason that by further gambling we'll gain even more money, making for the possibility of losing all we had won and then some. And on and on. 

As for a situation we would likely think of as awful, let's say we get very, very sick from an illness that is often thought of as not curable. Depression and fear could easily set in. Hopelessness may become rampant. Some friends and family may become uneasy in our presence, unsure of what to say to us. Loneliness could easily darken our lives. Doctor and hospital bills may eat away any savings we had, even if it had been stockpiled from a lifetime of frugality and hard work. Medicines could have horrible side effects making us sick in ways other than helping the illness we took them for in the first place. On the other hand, we may end up meeting people whom we never would have met if we hadn't gotten sick. Some of these people could end up being true blessings in our lives. We would have the possibility of learning and/or increasing positive attributes such as compassion, patience, understanding, and more. We might learn how precious each and every moment of our lives is, finally allowing ourselves to enjoy these quality moments. And on and on.

Difficult people who come into our lives may make miserable most every encounter we have with them. However, these same folks have the potential to help us to work through issues that, once tackled, would bring light into our lives, clearing the air for new experiences. Folks we like/love to be around can be treasured gifts on many levels.There's also the possibility that our family and/or friends get so comfortable with us that they think they know us better than we know ourselves. Light and shadow; shadow and light... And the beat goes on.

A reminder for myself is to ponder the light and shadow surrounding any given situation and person in my life. How can I make the most of the light that is most definitely present? How can I avoid focusing in only on the shadow and staying away from exaggerating or feeding the shadow even further? What is there to learn from both the light and shadow? How can we positively utilize the light and shadow that is present to help us to live lives that celebrate and promote the highest and best for all involved?

Saturday, June 1, 2013

June's Free Reading

Calling all those who want to be in June's drawing for one free reading. The winner can choose between one 30-minute Tarot reading OR a 30-minute Psychic Mediumship reading. The reading will be via Skype or phone. An MP3 recording of the reading will be included as my gift to you, if one desires it.

How can you win this reading? Either send me an e-mail (
spinningjenny57@hotmail.com) OR comment on the blog post that has the free offer (include your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win). After a few days of having the free-offer-post up I'll put all names in a hat and pull the winner (my random decision on when this will happen). The winner will be on the post that the offer was on, using their first name only (along with last name initials, if needed to distinguish them from others with the same first name). I'll contact that person via e-mail to let them know that they have won. We'll schedule a reading for a day/time that's good for both of us. If you win, please do not enter the contest again for one year. Thank you!

If you do not win this month, your name will automatically go into the drawing for the following months, so no need to e-mail me each month to be included. If, for whatever reason, you don't want to be in future drawings do let me know, please.


The winner for June's free reading is: Antony!