Highs & Lows

Seems life is full of those these days.

What an interesting day. I started off the day snapping some photos of some of the rest of my haul from MDSW. Some more fluff to match my new baby. And a couple other little treasures.

Just thought I’d share that, lol.

Then, I went to the mill today after a half day at work. The Harmony Weaver’s Guild along with the Delaware Fiberguild were expecting an important visitor.

Can you tell who it is? I’ll give you a little longer…

Mostly everybody I know from the guild showed up for this. There’s Natalie and Gerri.

Laurel and Carol (who sat next to me…probably to keep my chatting down 😉 ). I got to snap a pic of Laurel’s progress on her spindle from MDSW.

So pretty! And so out of her comfort zone, I think. She’s more of a green lady. I think my tendency to go overboard may be affecting her, lol. This is “beauteous!”

And Lucy was there too. I sit next to her at the guild meetings. I just had to show you her latest creation! This is one of her most recent dolls. It’s Red! As in Red Riding Hood! Isn’t she cute?! But, this Red is bipolar :). When you turn her over…

She becomes a totally different person. It’s Goldilocks!! See the three bears on her skirt? Oh, I thought she was adorable. I must’ve turned her over a million times, lol. Such a kid.

I also saw a couple faces from the spin-ins.

Okay. Time’s up. Did you guess? No?

Check this next sequence.

Abby Franquemont came to give a basic spindle class for us today!

If you’re curious about her demeanor, she’s some sort of cross between a wise-cracking joker and an evil-genius. She really knows her stuff and can make you laugh while she’s teaching it to you, albeit in a slightly manipulative fashion. Nice combo, lol! 🙂

She brought us lots of new toys. But for the beginning class, we learned to spin on a notchless bottom whorl.

This is mine. It has a point. So, I can spin this supported as well as suspended. And, Abby mentioned that in other parts of the world the points are regularly used for securing the spindle in the ground for plying. I’m guessing there’s a stress-relieving, stabbing technique to that, lol. Later in the class, she gave us the option of trying out a top whorl as well.

The class was awesome and by the end of it, completely new beginners and those who had had some prior experience made string. 🙂 Everyone learned some new tricks along the way. I learned joining can be magical and a double half-hitch beats a single on a notchless shaft any day.

We got to see Abby spin for a bit and it reminded me of great painting. From my perspective, the greatest paintings are begun with an attention to the structure first. Only when that is sound does an artist begin to consider the aesthetics. Abby seems to do that with singles longer than she is tall! She’s spinning, double drafting, winding her butterfly and adjusting slubs with such ease and speed that it’s completely astounding to watch. Loved it!

This is my spindle from class. One other thing I also learned is I’m still into suspended spindling…but supported is still growing on me too.

Yup. In spite of some late misfortune, it was shaping up to be a great day!

And then, my brother called.

He told me that my father is in the hospital in New York.

It is pretty serious.

At times like these I can only pray…and run to the water. When I feel shaken, I have to re-establish myself in the faith I have come to depend on for everything. I believe God will be merciful and this too will pass.

While I almost felt guilty for having so much fun, when I left, I found myself grateful for the laughter I had today as well as the fact that I had the ability to feel the pain. It meant I was still alive.

There will be more spinning tomorrow along with checking up on my dad, waiting for the good report. I find it funny how life stops and keeps moving all the same. High and low. Ebb and flow. It’s all part of life.


  1. Thoughts and prayers coming your way from the Buckeye State!

  2. I hope you get some good news of your Dad. In the meantime your spinning will help to centre your thoughts and give you comfort. Blessings, Oma

  3. Oh that is definitely an anticlimax – Abby and then the news of your dad in one day! I hope all goes well.

  4. I know what you mean – sometimes, you look out at a wonderful day and you look at other people and you are wondering how it can be that a day that was beautiful for you in the morning, too, has now lost its colour and has turned into something so different.

    If I may, I will say a prayer for you family. I do hope that everything will be good again for you.
    Lots of love!!!

  5. Wow I’m so sorry to hear about your Dad, I hope he’s okay!
    Very jealous that you met Abby Franquemont, I’m a big fan.

    Sending all my love! xxx

    • Thank you, Katie. He’s doing better, but he does have a long way to go back to 100 percent. But I believe that he will make it. He’s a fighter.

      The workshop with Abby was so awesome! If you ever get the chance, go for it.

  6. Helping you pray. (((hugs)))

  7. Hoping for good news for you!

  8. I am sooo sorry to hear about our dad. Keep that balance with the ebb and flow…you need it in times like the.

  9. Hope you hear some good news soon.

  10. I do hope your dad will be well and back home soon. I know thats a hard time.

    Love, love, love that white stuff!!! Wow. So beautiful.

    Never got past casting on those socks. I did finally try a different way to cast on and it sure looked better. I don’t know what it is called. The kind where it is on your thumb and fingers and there is a lot of twirling back and forth and under. The kind that was too easy for me to get lost in. I couldn’t concentrate when it came to putting things together after all the stitches were distributed on all of the needles. One day I will try again. Until I will drool over your beautiful yarns and dream.

    • Thanks so much for your well wishes. It has been difficult. Especially because he is not at home and out of state…

      I loved the fiber we spun too. All of it! She has an amazing stash!

      When you finally get done your socks, you will kick yourself for how easy it is. 🙂

  11. You know I can definitely relate. Don’t feel guilty about enjoying your day, even though that’s what our minds tend to draw us towards. Praying that your dad will get better soon.


  12. Thinking good thoughts for you and your family ❤

    P.S. I sooo wish I could have been at that class! My spindle is very slow going. Yours looked lovely 🙂

    • Thank you. I really appreciate it.

      The class was wonderful! Spindle spinning gets easier as you practice. I know I get slow when I haven’t practiced in a while.

  13. I’ve always wanted to try supported spindling, and am jealous you got a workshop with “The” Abby. Best wishes for your father.

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