Friday I tried my hand at spinning cotton at the organic cotton shop, Mashisa in Nara. I’ve been looking forward to it since I first found out that they do ‘spinning experience’ sessions, visions of spinning soft lovely yarn that I would knit into a scarf or some other lovely wearable. I justified it by thinking it was good preparation for my seminar next year at a shop that specializes in spinning – but who am I kidding? I also thought it would be a heck of a lot of fun!
As it turns out, my vision of spinning a ball or two nice fluffy of sport or worsted weight yarn during my hour and a half ‘experience’ was a wee bit off. What I actually made was spool and a half of lumpy thread.
The store manager who worked with me was incredibly patient and encouraging through the whole thing, especially considering I was having difficulties with the most basic of things – such as where to put my legs. Even though my spinning didn’t come anywhere near my naive romantic imagination and expectations, she told me that as a first-timer I was doing very well, and there was surprisingly little ‘waste’ pieces to be recycled. See what I mean about being encouraging? *wink*
It was waaaayyyyy more difficult than I had imagined – I’m told it takes about a month to really get the feel of it and have some control over what you are doing – but in those few moments when the cotton flowed through and spun very easily it feels really neat, and I can see how putting in the time to master it would feel very rewarding.
Leg contortions aside, it was a wonderful learning experience, and I have a whole new appreciation for the yarn and crochet thread I can buy so easily at my favorite shops.
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