Handspinner: What I Really Do

Describing yourself as a handspinner can lead to confusion. To clarify, we offer our updated version of an old meme.

Top row, from left:
1.Fidget Spinner, a 2017 craze popular among the under-25 set. Supposed to be soothing but presents a choking hazard. Photo: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg via Getty Images.
2.Spinning, a stationary cycling group exercise movement that began in the early 1990’s. Excellent for fitness and does turn an actual wheel, but makes the spinner very sweaty. Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images.
3.Spinning fire, a type of performance art with ancient roots; modern interpretations have become popular since the 1990s at festivals such as Burning Man. Requires skill; can be dangerous. Photo: CRIS BOURONCLE/AFP/Getty Images)

Bottom row, from left:
1. Spinster, a term once meaning “one who spins” but gradually redefined as an unmarried older woman. Photo: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images.
2. Stash, the reserve of unspun fiber that provides spinners with delight and the occasional shame at its size. Photo: Anne Merrow.
3.Handspinning, the ancient and still-fresh act of making yarn. Often enhanced by gathering with other spinners. Provides relaxation, opportunities for mastery, and (of course) yarn. Photo of Kim Desko, Charlene Abrams, and Jeannine Glaves at SOAR 2007

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