Every Day’s a Holiday!

Or: why spinners need their own special calendar

Old hippies have their own special calendar (so they can find out on what day "A Whiter Shade of Pale" hit the top of the charts). Mathematicians have their own calendar (in case they need a reminder to celebrate Pi Day—3.14). Well, we spinners deserve one, too.

We need to be getting ready for Roc Day (or Rock Day), and for St. Blaise Day (when it is suggested that anyone who spins should have her spindle set on fire). We need to know when to head for Cedarville, Illinois, for the Stephenson County Fiber Arts Festival, or any of the other twenty or so special fiber events that have been planned for our pleasure in 2010. We need to get our knitting needles out on July 14 for Bastille Day. We need to plan ahead!

That's why the Spin·Off staff has made a calendar, just for us. It's printed on matte paper so it's easy to write on. It has photographs in the manner of those early childhood educational illustrations (how many spinning objects can you find in this picture?). And it has poetry—little haiku for each month, written by our fellow-spinners.*

What it doesn't have is recipes. Well, it could have had—maybe next year. Meanwhile, since this is National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Front Porch Month (I am not kidding!), I offer you this recipe, perfect for your spinning guild's first fall meeting.



Good Neighbor Zucchini Bread

1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¾ cup sugar
2 beaten eggs
½ cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups grated zucchini, patted dry with paper towels
1 ½ cup chopped walnuts

There are other things to do with zucchinis besides make bread. But, for this recipe, heat oven to 350˚F. Sift first three ingredients together. Add sugar, eggs, oil, vanilla, and salt. Fold in zucchini and nuts. Bake in a greased 5×9-inch loaf pan for about an hour. Cool for 10 minutes, then turn out of a rack to finish cooling. It will take a lot of these loaves to use up very much zucchini. Sort of like spinning a whole fleece.

*Unfortunately, we left off one very important day: Mohandas K. Gandhi's birthday on October 2. If you come to own one of these calendars, we suggest that you pencil in that date yourself, and plan to celebrate with some cotton candy.



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