Wisdom of Proverbs 31

The other day I talked about spinning wool into yarn and how it makes me think about larger issues. I love to find teachable moments in the midst of the everyday. Since Friday is a fun day on the blog I decided to show you what I do. I went through my photographs (I have hundreds) and selected the ones that I thought would tell the story.

I adore Beatrix Potter and these illustrations grab my heartstrings.

In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
Proverbs 31:19

This endearing little mouse spinning yarn using a spindle and a distaff. The distaff holds the fiber and the spindle is is flicked so that it rotates sending twist up into the wool.
It is a simple process that is historical, portable and efficient.
Busy at the spinning wheel.

Most people are more familiar with the use of a spinning wheel to make yarn. I have one of these as well. If I need to spin a large quantities quickly this is what I use. If I am making really crazy art yarn, I use the wheel. But if I want the satisfaction of feeling the wool slide through my fingers and making yarn up close and personal, I will always choose a spindle.
Why buy commercial yarn when I can make my own?
She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
Proverbs 31:13

The process begins with sheep. My preference is to buy wool from small local growers who provide a safe and loving home for sheep. They grow the best wool.
This is what happens when the wool is cleaned and spun into yarn. What will it become next is up to the person who sees beyond the surface.

So there you have a little history lesson combined with my love for working with my hands to make yarn. I sell my yarn helping to provide for my family. I am not idle. I work everyday despite rarely leaving my home. If you haven’t read Proverbs 31 in a while, go give it a read. Some would cast it aside as being old fashioned and repressive towards women. I don’t see it that way. I see it as a glorious homage to the value of a woman. Women are portrayed as caregivers, businesswomen, hard working, valuable, and worthy of great esteem. That is the woman I seek to become.

Until Monday, have a joyous weekend spending time with those you love making memories and sharing the love of Christ with everyone you encounter.

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