This past weekend I spent my time at Midwest Geobash. While meeting people and sitting in informational sessions I found I had some time I could bring out my handspindles and work on some sock yarn. I answered a few of the typical questions, but it made me think. Okay, why do I spin in public?
The truth is, I have no agenda. I’m not out to evangelize and to spread the joy of spinning to each an every person who has crafty leanings. I am simply filling a little time and working on my own projects. At one time in my life I did a lot of demos at the local county fair and other festivals. I enjoy demoing my craft and explaining what I am doing and how the wheel works. I just don’t have time anymore after taking on a full time job.
I have been seen spinning in a lot of different places, dog shows, sporting events, traveling in the car, in the cafeteria at work, at the Field Museum, you get the idea. I’ve now been spinning so long that it’s hard for me to remember what it was like to be new and unsure of myself. I think it was my desire to have something to keep my hands busy during those long hours listening to my college professors. I knit during those hours and yes I was still able to take notes. So spinning and knitting in public came to me naturally and as no big deal.
But that is just me. Not everyone will feel comfortable to spin in public and there is no shame in that. It is not a crime. I may spin and knit in public but there are other things I will not be caught in public doing…like wearing spandex…..