Friday, September 20, 2013

Making and Letting Go

First Clip Teeswater, unwashed

I wonder if the Teeswater sheep who grow such long, lovely locks feel a sense of relief when they're sheared for the first time.  I can only imagine those foot-long locks are a bit of a burden, despite their beauty.  I wonder if the sheep bounce a little higher, play a little more, and run a little faster when they're free of all that gorgeous fleece they've carefully cultivated.  Are they glad to be rid of their wool?  I hope so.  I know I sure appreciate having it to play with!!!

Like most things fibery, this particular batch of raw locks has given me a lot to think about.  Making something, loving it dearly, and letting it go can be a very deep meditation. It's a lesson in generosity, a lesson in cycles and seasons, a lesson in impermanence, an lesson of abundance...  

And now, deep thoughts.  With BabesterArts.  ;-)

As I begin to wash and sort these locks, I'm using my time as an opportunity to sort and clean my fiber practice on an emotional and intellectual level, as well.  This year's theme has definitely been one of refining, editing and reorganizing!  I'm still working to distill my work down to an essential "kateness," and part of that process is giving away the things that don't suit or serve me anymore. Letting go of the things that, while lovely, are weighing me down a bit.

I predict more shift before the year's end...