I wrote 150 posts in 2014 and this is one of my very favorites. As we head into a new year, I re-post it to remind myself, and you, that we
make magic with our hands. I hope that 2015 is the most magical year yet for you!
Can you spin straw into gold?
What? You say that’s ridiculous, it only happens in fairy tales? And with the help of creepy little elves?
I beg to differ.
We probably all know the story of Rumpelstiltskin. The young woman in the story is tasked with the seemingly impossible, the magical—she is told to spin straw into gold. But that doesn’t happen in real life.
And yet this morning, as I took plain, pale ingredients and cooked them into the molten gold of caramel, it occurred to me that spinning straw into gold is a metaphor for the creating we do with our hands at home.
When the spinner takes flax (really, isn’t that basically straw?) and, in her hands, it becomes finest linen, that’s magic being made.
When the weaver or knitter takes string and manipulates it into rich tweed or…
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