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Another Kind of Yarn Fortress

This blog post has been in the works for a long time.  I started writing it right after you read about how my boys created a yarn fortress to protect my knitting project.  The thing is, there are different kinds of yarn fortresses, aren't there?  There's the kind that protects the yarn, and there's the kind that's made of yarn.  I couldn't get this post quite right, so I kept putting it aside.  But I noticed this unpublished post today and I realized that there's no better time to talk about this.


Remember the yarn fortress?


After I wrote the other blog post, I started thinking about fiber, yarn, knitting, crocheting, spinning, and dyeing. They are all things that I love, and things with which I surround myself.  Isn't this a sort of yarn fortress as well? Does my yarn surround me and keep me safe?  Does it protect me and help me hold joy close to myself?  Of course.  Is this a yarn fortress?  Maybe.


I also try to surround myself with other creative people, with those who are interested in the fiber world as I am, and those who like what I like.  Could this community be a yarn fortress as well?  Most definitely.  I don't know about you, but I like to keep the things I love and the people I love close to me.  Don't you?  They keep us safe. They bring us comfort.  They insulate us, and hopefully we do the same for them.  It's important, and it makes us stronger.


Enter the Dragonfly on Swank cashmerino fingering base:


Your fortress might not be made of yarn or fiber or anything like that.  But I hope it is made of your people, of your squad.  I hope you surround yourself with the ones who like what you like, who keep you safe, who bring you joy, and insulate you.  And I hope they build a "yarn fortress" around your important stuff and protect it for you, with pillows, throw blankets, or whatever else they've got.  We all deserve that.  We should all try to do that in return.


When I first wrote all of this, the world was normal.  Covid-19 was not a household word, and the thought of an invasive airborne illness where I live seemed a remote possibility.  In a matter of a week or two, my world turned upside down.  It did for all of us, and it's been scary.  People have gotten sick.  Some of us have lost loved ones. Many have lost jobs and income.  We've all suffered losses of all different sorts.


In the midst of all this craziness, anxiety, and uncertainty, I sure am glad to have a yarn fortress.  I am thankful for the people I surround myself with, both in my home and remotely.  I am thankful for my hobby, which I can retreat into for a short while and find my peaceful space.  I am thankful for my fiber craft and my fiber community.  I started this year, and the original version of this post, not having a clue how much I would lean on my Yarn Fortress, or how much I would need it.  Thank you all for being a part of it, and letting me be a part of yours.  Feel free to reach out any time, either by email, on Instagram or Facebook, or leave a comment here.  I'm always happy to hear from you, and I'm just as happy to respond and share with you.  That's the thing about a fortress...the strength is on the inside of the fortress, as well as on the outside of the fortress.

Comments (1)

  • Joan Clarke on June 01, 2020

    Beautifully written, Jill. It looks like you completed this blog before the social unrest after the ghastly death of George Floyd. It is a frightening and crazy world we live in now and building and leaning and being part of our own fortresses and those of people we care about is all the more necessary and important. Thank you for reminding us. Bless you. Joan

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