Spinning for Charity – oh what a feeling!

April 29th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Last night I dragged my spinning wheel on the bus in a large roller-duffle bag along with a bunch of wool fibre, handspun yarns, and other goodies to sell, as well as a basket in my other hand.  Why in the name of all that is holy would I attempt such a thing on a Sunday evening on an overcrowded city bus on a humid night in Vancouver?  For a charity show, that’s why! 

As mentioned in my previous blog post, I’ve been dealing with a lot of chronic pain stuff (and all that it entails) lately and I wasn’t able to make new items to sell at this charity event for the PACE Society.  So I brainstormed and came up with the idea to spin yarn for PACE at $1 for every 2 minutes spun. 


The results?  $28+ was put in my jar, which equates to 56 minutes spun (almost an hour!)  I’m pretty sure I spun longer than that though, as many people were curious about what exactly I was doing.  Part of the reason why I thought the spinning wheel would make a good piece to the art show was because of the fact that it’s interactive.  People asked questions: how does spinning work? Is this what Ghandi used? (the answer to that is no, he used a charka) Why does your spinning wheel look so different than in the fairytales? (it’s a modern Lendrum, that’s why, etc).

Honestly, I love teaching people about spinning (and crafts in general) – it’s a part of our collective cultural heritage.  Where would be we without spinning?  Still wearing loincloths, that’s where!  I also love that I was able to bring in donations via live demonstration.  At one point, my friend Jessie told another friend “I can hear Siobhan making money out there” as coins were dropped into my “Spin for PACE” jar.  And while $28 doesn’t seem like an awful lot of donations, every dollar going to this charity helps. 

Thank you to everyone who came out, who donated, and was curious!

And now, for some photos…

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Getting my spin on!

Listening to questions from donors about spinning.

Many folks commented on the fact that I was spinning barefoot – its the best way to spin as I can feel the motion of the wheel better.

More photos available on my Flickr page.  Thanks to Carolyn for taking the pics!

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What are you doing this Sunday? Oh, just spinning for charity…

April 23rd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

This Sunday, April 28th, I will be participating in a charity event that benefits the PACE Society.  Originally, I was going to knit some cotton hats & some fingerless mitts etc to sell at the show but I had to get honest about what was going on in my life lately.  That is, I’ve been experiencing high levels of stress which has been interacting with chronic pain to make me a rather unproductive knitter lately.  I came clean with my friend Ryan (who is running the event) about how I’ve been feeling but I wanted to still contribute to the charity event in some other format.

So I meditated and came up with this idea: to spin for PACE.

Basically, for every dollar donated in my “Spin for PACE” jar, I will spin yarn on my spinning wheel for 2 minutes. I thought this would be a cool idea as its interactive, I can do some quick “teaching” about how the wheel works, and I can demonstrate how yarn is made.  Pretty cool eh?  I may incorporate this into other charity events in future as I think its a good idea.  100% of the proceeds from the spinning will be going to PACE.  I will also have some handspun yarns for sale at the event with 30% proceeds going to PACE – so come on by and help support this awesome local charity!

Event information here. And poster below.

event poster

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