Today Josh and James and I rolled out of bed and decided we needed to get out of the house. Working at home combined with James being out of school has finally started to wear in a big way.
We packed up and headed for South Mountain State Park, which is only 30 minutes away from home and one of the most beautiful (and gloriously empty) places to hike in NC.
For a quilter, hiking presents a pretty obvious dilemma - you can't hike and quilt at the same time.
It's just a bit too tricky to space perfect stitches when climbing over big boulders and giant steps carved into the mountain.
But today I was able to test my ability to spin and walk at the same time. I knew from books like The Red Tent that it is possible to spin while walking, and that in fact women in some countries and throughout history have spun continuously throughout their daily chores, but I'd never tried it before.
So today when Josh was packing food and water bottles, I was packing my smallest, lightest weight spindle and a pack of pretty blue wool.
Rather than put the spindle away, I began walking and quite easily fell in to a nice rhythm of spinning short segments of wool, then winding them on the spindle as we worked our way up the mountain.
Still, I feel that I've stumbled across a terrific new way to fit more spinning time into my daily routine. In normal (cooler) weather, I really enjoy walking a mile or two in the morning. From now on, I'm going to try to combine that mile with a bit of wool and see what spins out of it.
Let's go play with yarn, fabric, or thread!