What I Just Learned
Just a small amount of the two miles of singles Linda Cronquist estimates she’s spun on her spindle! Photo by Joe Coca.
– Herdwicks are an anarchic breed of sheep. Watch out.
– There are people among us wearing wardrobes made entirely of locally grown, fabricated, dyed, sourced fiber.
– Olive and Harry Linder’s fine Hand Spinning Cotton has been re-released after many years.
– Linda Cronquist of Moscow, Idaho, reckons she has spun upwards of 2 miles of yarn on her high-whorl spindle.
– A misaligned spindle hook can make your spindle wobble, but now I know how to fix it.
– You can use knitting needle point protectors to keep your tahkli from being a lethal weapon.
|Blue dye rises! Who knew? Photo by Sara Greer.|
– A nicely wound Turkish spindle looks like a 3-D god’s eye.
– Unwind your toilet paper from the side of the roll, not from one end. (Likewise your yarn.)
– Judith MacKenzie knows more about Paisley shawls than anyone else on the planet.
– I need a blending board.
– Spinners are physicists, whether they know it or not. (And what is a moment-arm? Now I know.)
– How to avoid SWSOs (and just what is a SWSO).
– Spinning a balanced yarn can be a spiritual journey.
– The blue dye particles in grape Kool-Aid float to the top.
|The breathtaking Spring Hope Shawl by Kris Jaeger (which isn’t as hard as it looks).|
Oh, there’s more. So much to learn from the projects, although I guarantee I will never crochet the elegant Spring Hope Shawl. Just lust after it.
And I guess that’s why I love the magazine business, even after almost 40 years. You think you’ve seen it all, and then suddenly there’s all this new, fresh stuff to learn and be inspired by. Always the next issue, and the next.