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“Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
Isaiah 41:10
New American Standard Bible

imageAbout a week ago, I finished spinning these sample skeins. The beaded one is handspun merino and I believe the other is East Friesian cross yarn. There is a difference in softness and elasticity with these two handspun yarn. The merino is softer. The Fresian is a bit sturdier and a bit more “elastic.” They are both lovely fibers and I enjoyed spinning both.

 

Handspun yarn 'resting' on my Niddy Noddy's

Handspun yarn ‘resting’ on my Niddy Noddy’s

This past Friday, I placed the finished bobbins on my Niddy Noddy’s and let the yarn rest for a few days. This morning, I removed them. They turned out great… no overspun yarn, just perfectly balanced singles. Today, I’ll place the yarn in hot water to set the twist and tomorrow, I’ll start knitting two headbands for my daughter. They cannot be dyed since she’ll be wearing them at her Lutheran school. They wear uniforms, the only colors she can wear for headbands are white and navy.

If/when I have down time, you will usually find me being creative. It’s so rewarding. There have been numerous studies that show that engaging in crafts is very beneficial to us, and can be extremely helpful even during difficult times. That comes as no surprise to me, since my mood stays calm regardless of what’s in my path.

Besides God, the Bible and surrounding myself with like-minded believers… my “go to” therapy is crafting. My christian faith is my anchor and crafting keeps my hands active and my mind postively occupied. During these times, I fellowship with loved ones (usually my daughter) pray, listen to recordings and occasionally watch something uplifting on television.

Sometimes (while crafting) the silence is only broken by the soft clicking of my knitting needles, the gentle whirr of my spinning wheel, the hum of my sewing machine or the thwacking of my loom. You want to know something? Often, I find that the sounds that my crafting tools make are the only ‘noise’ that’s needed.

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  1. I so agree. When I was going through some pretty hard times, during the death of my mother, I took up knitting. Best thing ever. It calmed me (still does) and it took my mind off of obsessive thoughts that I was having. I feel like I am a less anxious person because of my knitting.

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    Opal @ThreadLover Reply:

    The benefits of crafting are simply amazing. I tend to recommend it to all my friends. Recently, one of my friends has been going through some challenging times and I have recommended it to her. She crochets.
    Opal @ThreadLover recently posted…Cleaning Mohair, Spinning and Knitting

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