First Spinning Knit Up...

I got a spinning wheel from my wife for Christmas/Birthday (I've only just received it because the self-imposed rule was that I couldn't get it until I was finished with my D.Min., and I just graduated).

Anyhow, I'm still not a spinner; it's terribly inconsistent and overtwisted, but My second bobbin of mess turned out well enough that I could put it to needles!

If you want details, you can check them out on my "normal" blog: Credo ↔ Oratio

Grace and Peace,


crmartin's picture

Congratulations on both accounts!



ksmarguy's picture

How Cool! You have an awesome wife. I just got a drop-spindle recently and have been attempting to play with that a bit but so far have not done too well. I'm sure that it will come in time and someday I would love to get a wheel, but that will have to wait for awhile since there are other priorities at the moment. The hat looks great! I can't wait to see more yarn...and see what fantastic colorways you come up with for your yarn....

Congratulations on both the spinning and completed hat. But super congrats on completing the M Div. So, what is next? I completed mine in '01 after I decided I wanted to leave the chaplaincy and enter into parish ministry.

teejtc's picture

Actually, I completed my M.Div. in 2000; I officially graduated from my D.Min. program on June 6th -- although I defended my thesis about a month and a half ago so I officially haven't had to do anything for a bit. :-)

Grace and Peace,

BuduR's picture

Very nice! I would not even dare to show my first couple million attempts at spinning. The hat is great!

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Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Congrats on the yarn, hat, and wheel. I mainly use spindles but have a wheel in storage (i.e. buried in the clutter). -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Kerry's picture

Congratulations on graduating, and good luck with the spinning.

WillyG's picture

Whoo-hoo!! Double that! Congrats on the M Div, as well as on the spinning! I'm pretty new to spinning myself...though I'm working with drop spindles...strangely, I prefer my homemade one (I think b/c it's a top whorl.) I'm hooked...more fun than knitting...can it be?? I think your hat looks great; if it were a pie, I'd call it 'rustic,' then gobble it up! Happy spinning!

PhilNmtl's picture

Congrats on the doctorate Tim. I hope that you are basking in the accomplishment and have already found where it has stretched and enriched your ministry. What was your area of focus?
I love the fact that you got a spinning wheel to play with now that you have finished. I got a golden retreiver when I finished mine :-) Incentives work! - Phil

teejtc's picture

My focus was on "integration" and how to foster its growth -- the idea that one's belief system ought to be fundamental to all of one's life. In other words, it's hypocritical to be one thing in one place and another in another (not that there aren't minor differences, but the core of our beliefs and the way we act them out ought to be consistent). True faith (any faith, for that matter, although obviously I focused on Christianity) isn't merely an add-on to "normal" life, it's part of who we are at the core of our beings.

I took a variety of movements who tried to help develop greater integration in their members and worked out a project with similar intent for a healthy portion of the congregation I work with.

Grace and Peace,

PhilNmtl's picture

You'd think that integration would be so obvious, especially in the Christian faith yet it is disturbingly evident that that tradition overall has moved so far from that place. Your focus project raises the possibility for people to re-question a lot of what we have built in the name of the gospel. Lucky congregation. The question I wrestle with is whether or not what we have done has taken us so far down the wrong path that it is no longer redeemable.
Thank for sharing this Tim. Shalom - Phil

TomH's picture

Congrats all over!

mrossnyc's picture

congrats on both accomplishments!

Thomasknits's picture

Went over to your the title "Credo Oratio."
I also like your rant about being a passive extrovert. I always thought of myself as an introvert, but was confused when I am sometimes not satisfied with being home alone etc... so perhaps I am also a "passive extrovert."
Anyway, congrats to everything. I'm immensely jealous that you have a spinning wheel.


Jedwards's picture

Tim i'm so happy for u let me if u want some alpaca fiber i'll send u some

QueerJoe's picture

I love spinning Corriedale, and your yarn looks excellent and came out making a beautiful hat...congrats...excellent job.