Today had to be a 'down day'. I tried but didn't get very far in spinning. I got a few yards but my legs topped working. I think I found my limit. I usually find a way to work past them, 'If there is a will, there is a way', but today I had to concede I could go no further.
|Jeri Brock Turkish Spindle|
Merino Top with Sparklefire
Tomorrow is the last day of Spinzilla. I was hoping to make my mile but with today down, it is less likely. Maybe next year I will have an electric spinner and be able to spin more yarn. My endurance capabilities didn't match my goals. After this week I do see the importance of not insisting on forcing my body to do things it just can't do. I am continuing to save for an Electric Spinner for Healing Fibers. I want other disabled people to experience the joy of spinning even when moving their legs is difficult or impossible. I see better the importance of using tools to fulfill your dreams instead of taking the Luddite approach and insisting on doing everything the traditional way. I missed 8 years of spinning because I was determined to spin using a traditional wheel. If I had been willing to spin using an electric spinner, I could have had years of enjoyment. It is something to ponder.
Using tools to help us isn't a sign of weakness. When you lose the ability to walk or find yourself dealing with some other disability, it is hard to accept limitations. I don't mean to give up striving to get better, working on your therapy or finding creative workarounds but sometimes we have to accept the help that is available to us, for me, that will be a HansenCraft MiniSpinner.
--Serenity in Fiber, Lynne