How to get distracted without really trying

Helen von Ammon’s qiviut throw from the Fall 2005 issue.

Colorful Crochet Bead Ropes by Dodie Rush from the Spring 2005 issue.

Felted lace scarf by Mary Blanche Morse from the Winter 2005 issue.

What are warm fuzzies for a spinner?

We've been working on putting back issues of Spin-Off onto CDs, one year at a time. So far we've made the 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 CD collections, and we just finished up 2005. I find it very handy for, you know, doing my job—I can pop a CD into my computer and do a quick search for articles by keywords and up pops the article that a reader was looking for, but couldn't remember the title, just that it included an amazing qiviut blanket. Yep, a quick search on those keywords leads me to the Handspun Gallery of Throws, and there on page 80 of the Fall 2005 issue is the incredible warm and fuzzy blanket.

I e-mail the reader the information, and her gratitude gives me warm fuzzies for being able to track down the article. But I'm not done yet, because of course, it leads to distraction. Wow—really? A qiviut blanket? I had forgotten about that. That's a lot of qiviut (4 pounds to be exact!). Wouldn't it be cozy warm? How long did it take to spin the yarn for that? At sixteen hours per pound, that's about 64 hours—not bad. What a great way to spend 64 hours—all that superfine fiber passing through your fingers. The phrase "warm fuzzies" takes on new meaning in this context.

Or what about the article that combines two of my loves, spinning and beading (page 76 of the Spring 2005 issue), to make crocheted beaded bracelets. Uh, oh. I'm getting seriously distracted. I'm tempted to go dig through my stash of handpainted silk to spin and Navajo-ply the fine yarn described in the article (and yes, I keep a supply of fibers, spinning tools, knitting needles, crochet hooks, tapestry needles, and beads on hand at work—you never know what you might need to sample).

My hand reaches for my desk drawer concealing fiber and spindle, but then my attention is diverted again to a lacy felted scarf from page 38 of the Winter 2005 issue of Spin-Off. Colorful strands of wool, overlapped and squashed together with soap and water to make an organic interlacement of warmth and color. Hmmm. That would make a good foundation for beading, perhaps with a very fine strand of handspun silk…

It's a hard job, but someone has to do it.

Happy spinning,

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