Hard copy or digital?

Being neighborly with pails of vegetables and a spinning book

My neighbor knocked on my door with a book in hand. She likes to go shopping at flea markets and on a recent trip she found a slim volume of Your Handspinning by Elsie G. Davenport published in Great Britain in 1953, and then in the United States in 1964, 1968, 1970, and 1971. She gave it to me in the same way that she gives me pails full of zucchinis and squash in the autumn—with a generous smile.

I started reading it—it is a gem. The previous owner of the book, Neri, underlined some passages in the "on buying a spinning wheel" chapter with the same blue ballpoint pen that she used to inscribe her name on the front cover.

It is intriguing to read in the introductory chapter about how when this book first came out, people were desperate for written information about how spin and weave.

I can even remember a time when I got most of my spinning information from hard copy books and magazines, when card catalogs in libraries consisted of actual cards in drawers. I would sit in the aisle of my college library with the bound tomes of Spin-Off stacked in piles because they were too heavy to lug anywhere else (fortunately, the traffic was pretty light in that corner of the library). I do love being able to look something up on my smart phone and get a quick answer, but I also cherish the time spent with a good book in my hands.

How about you? How do you get your spinning information these days? What's your favorite spinning book? When someone comes to you looking for essential information on spinning, what do you recommend? Do you rely on spinning videos? Have you tried an online spinning class yet? Do you have an equal balance of digital and hard copy information? What do you think is coming next for spinners? Share your thoughts in our comments section.


Happy spinning,

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