The Multiple Titled Post …

First of all, thank you so very much for all the spin and spindle love from the last post. The comments and private emails encouraged me to plan some “Meet The Maker” posts featuring the spindle makers so stay tuned for that.

Today’s post has multiple working titles — “In Support of an Instagram Fast”, “Nourish”, “Fast Finish”, “Spin, Spin, Spin” — titles which all make sense when I think of this week’s crafty finish. I can ramble on and on and on about Instagram, how much I love it, how many relationships I formed there, how much it upsets me at what the platform has become and how much I despise being at the mercy of an algorithm. What really got my attention was how much time I spent on the platform, how weary it was making me, how much the insta posting was not meeting my need to document my makes, reads or express my thoughts fully and how much I was not engaging in the creative pursuits I enjoy.

The push I needed came when I looked at the time record in my profile. I averaged 3 hours daily on the platform. To say I was shocked was an understatement — it never seemed that long in my mind, especially since I didn’t stay on in one long interval. I thought of all the mindless scrolling, all the comparison, the time wasted and I wasn’t happy. The weekend following my “revelation” I looked at the Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma”. That was it! I wouldn’t say more about the documentary but if you have a Netflix account, take a look then let me know — I’d love to hear what you think about it.

So I quit … cold turkey.

I’m still on the platform, my account is still active but I worked my way down from a 3 hours, 15 mins daily average to 15 mins in 10 days.

In the time I’ve quit mindless scrolling, I finished the spin featured in this post, taught myself to use a double drive spinning wheel, finished 2 books, started a crochet project, done some meal planning and cooked more. In other words — I nourished myself, had a fast spin finish, spun, spun then spun some more and am fully in favor of Instagram fasts — no matter how little a person uses the platform.

I’ll show you the crochet throw next week, it should be finished by then but in the mean time: here’s Comfort and Joy — spindle spun and plied (2 ply). The resulting yarn is definitely light fingering and all that’s left to finish the skeins is to wash them. From the almost 2.5 ozs, I got 422 yds in singles and 211 in 2 ply. Next task is to look for a worthy project.

Still Reading: The Raybearer and loving it!

Hope your week is going well and cheers for a good rest of it. ❤

Joining Kat and friends for “Unraveled Wednesdays” to see what everyone is crafting and reading.

The MapMaker’s Children

“We can’t force life to do what we want when we want it.  We can’t change yesterday or control tomorrow.  We can only live for today as best we can.  And it might turn out better than expected.” – The Mapmaker’s Children

If I had to describe “The Mapmaker’s Children” in one quote, it would be the above.  The quote embodies the life journeys of Sarah and Eden fully.  While each of them makes different choices regarding how to best “live only for today”, their choices chronicle their lives and eventual connection to each other in a relatable, human way.   If any of us have had to let go of preconceived ideas of what life is all about and embrace an entirely different perspective,  the stories of both women will resonate deeply.

I have to admit, parts of this book took a little growing on me before I really got into it.  Sarah’s story bounced off the pages immediately for me. The historical narration had me with the book in one hand and my tablet in the other googling some of the events I wasn’t very familiar with.  In real life her choices made her a champion though now forgotten trailblazer.  Painter, feminist, abolitionist — these are who she became when she put her past to bed and did the best she could day by day.  And the creative license the author took with the love story between her and Freddy made for the most engaging read.

Eden (fictional) on the other hand had to grow on me and she frustrated me to no end.  Even now I’m at the end of the book, I’m still not sure how I feel about her.  I found myself thinking about her story today and wondered if I was sympathetic enough.  I found her a little spoiled, self-centered and petulant … almost annoyingly so.

Without giving away any of the storyline details, I’ll admit — in addition to the historical slant, the characteristics which frustrated me about both women are what kept me reading.  I just had to find out how each of their stories ended!  I eventually enjoyed the fact that although none of the two had perfect lives, they each decided if/when they were going to let go of what they thought life was supposed to be for them and just live.  Those decisions made at different times (and centuries) took them both to paths that were so very different from what was supposed to be, but they were courageous, they loved in the moment and the best way they could.  Those decisions also connected them in unimaginable ways. What’s inspiring about both ladies is that they kept moving until the unexpected turned out to be just right for each of them.

If you’re a reader who totally engages with the characters (I mean like talking to them like they can hear you … LOLOL), even when they frustrate you, I’d encourage you to take a read.  When you’re done, come back and let me know how you feel about them. 😀

Author: Sarah Mc Coy

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My favourite book from Sarah Mc Coy: The Baker’s Daughter

disclaimer: this review was done through my affiliation with Blogging For Books.  Although I received a copy for review, the thoughts expressed are entirely my own.