The Luxury of Fiber
The Winter 2016 issue of Spin-Off is all about luxury–luxury of time and space, tools, and of course materials. If you’re reading this, chances are that sitting down to spin and weave is a luxury for you.
Compared with other indulgent hobbies (think yachting!), spinning and weaving are pretty restrained. Still, there are cashmere and silk and handmade spinning and weaving tools . . . or even the humblest of materials combined with the greatest luxury of all: time.
Sometimes it’s a challenge to feel that we deserve such bounty. Opening my bin of precious fibers and pawing through the little bags of yak, bison, and qiviut, I generally retreat to the comforts of very nice but not too precious wool.
But everyone needs a little luxury. It doesn’t have to mean a big expense, but it means using “the good stuff” instead of saving it for some unnamed future. It means taking time to spin or weave and letting the dishes wait. It means using the best materials you can afford and find–just a little bit (and then maybe a little bit more).