Lessons From a Fiber Mill

August 17, 2017
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Lessons from a Fiber Mill

I had so much fun working at the mill these past few weeks and I came away with much more than I had anticipated. Of course, I learned how to operate the machines, how much conditioner to put on the fiber once it is picked, and how to twist a skein nice and tight (despite the pain in my fingers!). But most importantly and most unexpectedly, I learned a big life lesson: you must live what you love.

For Susan, the mill is a labor of love and her passion is obvious. She is excited during every step of the process and feels satisfaction and pride when she finishes. She comes home from work and relaxes by working on a new yarn project—not because she has to but because she wants to. I learned that that’s how we should all feel about how we choose to spend our lives.

As I said in my first post, I’m not much of a fiber person. Even after this short-but-sweet experience, I’m still not! The fiber artists impressed me, weaving the scarf was awesome, and I would definitely love to help out again in the mill, but it’s not my thing. And that’s ok! Watching Susan live her dream helped me clarify what mine is. And, it gave me the confidence to go after it. I suppose fiber is pretty powerful after all!