Saturday, August 11, 2007

ambidexterity

I suppose all spinners are a bit ambidextrous. Since I have started spinning at the Great Wheel, I seem to notice that my left hand is smarter than it used to be.

My Great Wheel has made me develop a sensitivity in my left hand. Great Wheel spinning requires my left hand to hold the fiber just right, not so firm that I cannot control the draw, yet loose enough to keep the draft flowing. That I am slowly acquiring this sensitivity makes me happy, and it is fascinating to experience it. There are times I just like to watch my left hand perform. I imagine that if I could play the piano, the sensation would be similar. There is a synchronization happening. The right hand knows what to do (simple, turn the wheel)...but the rest of the body needs to develop a rhythm that is in sync with the wheel, so that the left hand can draft the fiber and allow the twist to run in and make the yarn. Sometimes when I am spinning, I feel like I am just watching it happen, not thinking about the doing of it anymore. I become a bystander, a spectator to the process of fiber becoming yarn. At these moments I am "in the zone". I am relaxing and I am productive, all at the same time. It is a pretty nice place to be. And only one reason that I love the craft.

Post Script: The name of the song that is playing in the background is "biodegradable/Kishor's tune". It is from a CD called "Endeavour" by a group known as Grada. They are based in Dublin, but we had a chance to see them play live in PA a few years ago, where I brought the CD, and had it autographed ;-). You can visit their web page and purchase CDs ...

14 comments:

Margaret said...

Very cool! It looks like you are dancing with the wheel and spindle.

Sue said...

Beautiful video!

Terry M said...

I really enjoyed your video - that was great!

Marcy said...

Wonderful video, Cyndy. And the music is perfect. Thanks!

DebbieB said...

How very interesting! I've never seen a Great Wheel in action, and your video was very informative.

elizabeth said...

That was so neat! I had no idea how a great wheel even worked and yes, it is like a dance! Thanks for posting that.

finnsheep said...

Awesome, and so graceful!!!!
Grace

cyndy said...

Thanks everyone! The music is from gra'da...we had a chance to see them when they were in the states (I believe they are from Dublin)...they are very good, I would love to see them again someday. I have a signed CD!

cindy said...

What a joy you film is! Great to see you developing your right and left side of the brain.

Artis-Anne said...

Wonderful video Cyndy :) and I totally agree about being in a trance-like state of mind when spinning

Leigh said...

Wow, you make it look like a meditative dance. Lovely!

Sharon said...

This is a wonderful video. I am still looking for 'my' great wheel but this is the best video of spinning on one that I have seen. Thanks for sharing.

Sharon

Wanda J said...

It's so fascinating and mesmerizing to watch your graceful spinning! I'm in awe of how the winding on is a natural part of the dance, no jagged stops. Lovely.

SBragonier said...

This video inspired me to take the leap and purchase a great wheel of my own. I had found one but was hesitant about buying it. After watching your video over and over I "allowed" my husband to talk me into buying. I love it the spinning is so graceful and soothing.

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