Spinning off…

I wasn’t going to post today, (now that my very will to live has been restored by the miracle of modern air-conditioning and my production has picked right up) but I was inspired by Cassie and a whole other bunch of people, mostly new spinners I have known and loved.

Cassie wrote about the new spinners urge to save good stuff for later, when you are a better spinner, and how she didn’t really get behind that theory a whole lot. I couldn’t agree more.

While (clearly) I have no issues with hoarding lovely fibres (and clearly, neither does Cassie) until their day comes, I also think that there is a great deal to be said for learning to spin with the best materials you can afford.

Nobody needs to be hindered by things that are barely usable, and nobody needs to feel that they are a crappy spinner (or just more crappy than they actually are, since we all suck in the beginning and it is only the length of time that we are sucking for that is really variable among learners). Good fibre makes good yarn.

Good things inspire you. Good things get you to try harder. Good fibre actually helps you spin. Beautiful fibre gives you something to live up to.

Crap fibre depresses you, frustrates you and encourages you to give up and (in the less determined) could cause a fledgling spinner to wander off entirely, thinking that they obviously aren’t meant for this…given that they keep turning out crap yarn. Even the best spinner is going to end up with crap yarn if you start with crap fibre, except at least they are going to know why they apparently suck so hard.

Luckily, there is a practice among spinners, an unspoken code of fibre giving. When a previously normal person gets sucked into the inevitable hole takes up spinning, it is common practice for every other spinner within earshot of the event to take a moment, scour the fibre stash and send a little bit of something wonderful off to inspire the intrepid newbie. Guilds do it, pressing delicious samples on the learner, clubs do it, and the internet does it with gusto, often inundating the newly pledged with bits and pieces of wonderful things, merino, silk, flax and cotton all show up on your doorstep, hand-dyed, plain, roving, sliver, bumps….it is all pressed into your grateful hands with only the lovely phrase “here, try this” to accompany it. The new spinner tries all these things, gets experience, and learns what they like and may invest in.

It’s a wonderful expression of mentorship, and all that you are expected to do in return is to pass on something good..knowledge or fibre…when you have the chance. Brilliant.

Has anyone mentored you with a gift of fibre?

Now that it’s cool enough in the house to move your legs without growing woozy and fainting dead away from the exertion, I spent a little time plying up the latest of Joe’s gansey wool.


To prove to some people (cough-Rams-cough) that I haven’t been just showing the same measly skeins over and over again….


a group shot. That brings the total to about 950m, or roughly (I feel weak when I type this) somewhere between a third and halfway to the finish line. (Yeah. It’s been a year. That’s what I have after a year.)

Finally, I give you a picture of my evening last night.


My pre-cambrian period digital camera can’t quite capture the event, but spontaneously, we had the best evening in the backyard. Sultry heat (now far more tolerable, knowing we can go inside to the air-conditioner) fresh summer berries with cream, good pasta with warm ripe tomatoes and cheese, wine (Laurie, it was a very nice burgundy) and my daughters and a visiting friend from away filled the heavy night-blossom scented air with the Swallowtail Reel, played on fiddle and whistle.

I knit.

(It’s amazing what a tiny little window air-conditioner can do to restore a love of summer.)

63 thoughts on “Spinning off…

  1. I knew you couldn’t stay away.
    As for weakness at the thought of another 950 to 1800 meters of wool – no stamina woman, none at all. But it looks beautiful.
    I’m so glad you had what sounds like one of those magic, once in-a-season, perfect with the music in the heat of the night summer evening, one of those that becomes a memeory that defines something.

  2. I was told a story by an antiquated relative eons ago that if I saved my best for just special occasions, I’d never have better. Made sense to moi 🙂
    Hope ya stay cool. We have 2 of those little air conditioners and a biggy. But down here in muggy, humid, southern Indiana without air conditioning you might as well forget about breathing, from July through August.

  3. Just when I thought I had squashed that little voice in my head that kept telling me that I wanted to learn how to spin (I caught the bug at a fiber festival a few months ago when I couldn’t stay away from the lovely wheels)…it’s now come back and it’s not so little anymore. A screaming annoyance really. I think I must.

  4. Okay, how did you KNOW that I e-mailed a shop this morning asking them to hold on to a wheel for me until I can pick it up on Saturday? How do you just KNOW these things? Sheesh. 🙂

  5. As a non-spinner, I am in awe of your Joe’s-Gansey-stash! So, it took a year! It would take me 10 years to spin that much, so you are way ahead of the game in my book 🙂 Can’t wait to see what it finally knits up like.
    As for your backyard soiree, it sounds like heaven. Good times like those are what make life sweet!

  6. I couldn’t believe how generous other spinners were when I mentioned that I was learning to spin and then three weeks later, I passed on some of my own fiber to a new spinner. What a better way to encourage/enable a new spinnter than to give them something yummy to play with? Then they will be a friend for life because they are a spinner. I can’t wait to meet with a friend who wants to learn how to spin, I think I’ll show up with a bit of fiber for her to play with on her spindle. She’ll have a wheel in no time. 🙂

  7. Potentially stupid question..but…what’s a gansey?
    I love nights like that, I’m truly envious that you have someone who plays violin! My sister used to play and my brother played the cello…oh how i miss it.

  8. Oh, what a lovely evening. I had something like it a couple of weeks ago (minus the serenade) when I lit a bunch of candles and had drinks on my screen porch with one of my best friends, who had traveled 1000 miles just so we could spend the weekend talking.
    That’s what summer is all about.

  9. ACK! That’s been my problem!! I started spinning (and have ONLY spun) on a way-too-heavy spindle with shitty fiber that I washed myself and did a half assed carding job on. Damn. Now I feel stupid for having “given up” spinning becuase of it. *goes in search of better fiber*

  10. Dear Stephanie- I totally subscribe to the better fibre theory- as I’m sure you know, it’s the same with knitting- your time and skills are worth the best you can afford. Yarn snobs of the world unite and take over.
    P.S> A gansey ( also known as a guernsey, knit-frock or frock shirt) is a traditional working sweater for fishermen all along the various coastlines of the U.K. that are peculiar to their specific area i.e. a Scottish, Cornish, Yorkshire gansey are all different- that are knit with a tighly spun yarn at a very fine Gauge and can take a FAST knitter up to a year or more to make- they become heirlooms, and are somewhat of a lost art. Generally made in Navy, but other colors such as grey, red and cream are also traditional. The patterning is usually at the upper chest and arms, and feature underarm gussets and are made in the round. I have made 2 and came away with about 40% of my eyesight- but worth every minute.

  11. Having come woefully short of your description of the ‘hoarding until I’m good enough’ syndrome, all I can say is that it must be because I underused the word crap.
    Gotta love A/C – it restores hope to a wilted world.

  12. Dear Stephanie- I totally subscribe to the better fibre theory- as I’m sure you know, it’s the same with knitting- your time and skills are worth the best you can afford. Yarn snobs of the world unite and take over.
    P.S> A gansey ( also known as a guernsey, knit-frock or frock shirt) is a traditional working sweater for fishermen all along the various coastlines of the U.K. that are peculiar to their specific area i.e. a Scottish, Cornish, Yorkshire gansey are all different- that are knit with a tighly spun yarn at a very fine Gauge and can take a FAST knitter up to a year or more to make- they become heirlooms, and are somewhat of a lost art. Generally made in Navy, but other colors such as grey, red and cream are also traditional. The patterning is usually at the upper chest and arms, and feature underarm gussets and are made in the round. I have made 2 and came away with about 40% of my eyesight- but worth every minute.

  13. As a new spinner, I have to say that I have been blessed not only with the gift of some fabulous fibre but also the loan of a wonderful wheel from a really, really, great friend. (thanks Elizabeth!) I am so hooked on spinning now and having learned to be a yarn snob from my thirty plus years of knitting and crocheting it didn’t take me long to get the hang of “only using the good stuff” fibre 🙂 Today I went and bought some superb alpaca to practice with on my drop spindle. I’m in love!!

  14. I couldn’t agree more – and I told Cassie the same thing: Life is too short. It’s like saving a “vintage” wine until it becomes vinegar. Where’s the fun and living in that?
    Sounds like a wonderful evening too! Friends, vino, music and knitting. Heaven.

  15. I agree–you need to be inspired by the beautiful stuff. Soft fiber in glowing colors. Rich, smooth yarns, the beautiful china your grandmother left you . . . if you stick to the plain-jane, basic stuff all the time (because, there are some times it’s the way to go), but if you always choose the “it’s not special enough” route, eventually, it becomes the “I’M not special enough,” and one thing we all are is special. If we don’t deserve the rich cashmere on a bone china plate, who does?? Who, I ask you?

  16. As one who wasn’t always a “yarn snob”, but now takes incredible flack for it, and also one who regularly robs the grocery budget to pay for fiber in all forms, I will agree that working with “the good stuff” is a treat to oneself. I will also say, though, that years of working with the cheap/crap stuff has taught me that once you can make that kind of yarn/fiber look good, you can make anything better look fantastic. It’s a challenge and exercise in patience, but possible.
    Beyond that, I’m in awe of Joe’s wool, stunning stuff.
    I’m also jealous of your lovely evening set-up. The “skeeters” in our neck of the woods are rather vicious at the moment, so we must be inside by 5 or 6 pm if we don’t want to be drained dry.

  17. Although I have really no interest in learning to spin, I found this post really interesting. I remember that I was chatting with you at MDS&W while you were showing off your lovely red silk fiber. You said that it was a great beginner spinning fiber because of certain qualities (which I don’t remember, sorry). Does this mean that all the newbies out there should get themselves some silk? It would certainly be motivating.

  18. I really must learn to spin since I now know it’s ok to use the good stuff (I’m a good stuff gal). I am constantly amazed and touched by the generosity of other knitters/spinners – it’s such a wonderful community to belong to.

  19. O yes, do tell! I have been thinking about learning to spin on a drop spindle, but I don’t know what kind of spindle & fiber to get (without breaking the bank). Any advice?

  20. You have inspired me to dig out some “special” hand-dyed roving I bought at a fiber sale a couple years ago. I spin very little as knitting takes up most of my “sit” time but I have been getting back into the groove with some “donated” roving (yes, I’ve been mentored with fiber donations, so great) –
    You are right, why save the special stuff for “some day”. Thanks!

  21. I’m stymied here. Actually, I wasn’t bright/sophisticated enough to hatch the original suspicion, being, as Joan Hackett says in “Support Your Local Sheriff” “just a dumb little old girl from a hick little old town in a jerkwater part of the country.” I only glommed onto the idea as soon as [identify yourself, please] suggested it.
    Nevertheless, I’m semi-stunned (and not just for preparing for tomorrow midnight’s Harry Potter party.) That much three-ply gansey wool. With that much more to go. For a man who threw your just-finished going-to-be-eternally-favorite sweater in the wash. Woah. I am looking for a notary (Norma?) to certify me officially impressed. Watch your mailbox.
    And then, not to change the subject, or anything…

  22. P.S.
    You are aware, yes, of the implied compliment of all of us hanging around here, checking to see if you posted, even this late?

  23. Hmm.. I got a spinning wheel just before christmas, and the fibre I bought was (I think) a good quality wool, but I still can’t get it. I can’t get an even consistency, it’s always thick and lumpy, or it breaks. Personally, when I sit down at the wheel and look at the “yarn” I’m producing, I think to myself “You could buy some perfectly good wool, and not waste your knitting time”. I’d much rather be knitting!

  24. Now I’m wistful for a good, humid, summer evening in NYC… I think absence *does* make the heart grow fonder. Summer berries and fresh pasta sauces. Now I miss the Greenmarket too!

  25. As a 3 year spinner who’s only owned (working) wheels for under 6 months I just need to say my Husband thanks you ;0)
    I have atleast 6 pounds of fiber I have been “saving” feeling horrible about and I’m now going to “jump in” and spin it because I bought it to spoil myself with!

  26. I’m one of those newbie spindlers who has, in the last 28 hours or so, said (via emails) that I need to wait to spin the good stuff. My position has changed, and at some point in the nearer future (as opposed to the far future, which is where I thought I’d fit in the wonderfully soft bunny fiber) I’ll either invest in another spindle (the wheel is going to have to wait; a new laptop took precidence) or finish up with the fiber I’m using (good, but deemed “beginner” fiber by most) and dive into the good stuff.
    thanks for the thoughts on the matter; the more I read it on everyone’s sites, the truer it sounds; and the more welcome I feel in the world of fiber that will become yarn.
    precambrian or not, that picture does seem to capture the beauty of what was going on in your backyard last night. May your summer be full of times such as those!

  27. Hi-
    I am new to the site,(started reading you about a week ago) avid knitter and not a spinner (yet) but yes, yes, yes!!! Good fibre! Good yarn! For the love of God! I just taught someone how to knit and she WOULDN’T listen to me about buying good yarn and I can’t tell you how this pissed me off!
    Anyway, love the blog and hope to catch you next time you are in Alexandria, VA or Maine.

  28. 5pm Pacific and I’m still checking to see if you’ve posted anything. This blog is like smack.
    Glad to hear your faith in the fairer season has been restored. Air conditioning is a miracle of the modern world, no?

  29. The point you make about good fiber is absolutely true. Even more true is the assessment of the generosity of fiber folk. Yes, I definitely HAVE been given lovely fiber to practice on — on several occasions.
    And I have passed the favor on as frequently as possible! (It helps create new spinners, as Kristen W. will attest!)
    — Laurie

  30. Yes! Air-conditioning! Bliss! OK, bad for the environment, but bliss.
    Yes, “good” fibre! I’m not a spinner, yet, but I totally concur. There is no point in using cheap, crappy yarns for anything but cheap crappy products.

  31. Wow – okay, you’re right. See, I did this with knitting, learning on luscious Noro and other wonderful fibers, but I have to admit… the drop spindle and roving I got from a friend who went to MSWF has been languishing because I was gonna get some “crap fiber” to learn on. Because the stuff I’ve got is soooo yummeh. Guess someone’s gonna be learning to draft and spin sooner than she thought!
    Once again, when my husband looks at me askance, I will simply say, “Don’t look at ME. Blame the Yarn Harlot.” Actually, I’ve said that so often, all I have to do is say “Yarn Harlot” before he even opens his mouth and he just shuts up and slumps away in defeat. Heh.

  32. I was just reading this with my 3 year old sitting in my lap, nearly asleep. We scrolled to the yarn photo and she sat straight up and yelled “yarn!! That yarn is SO beautiful! Hey! Yarn can’t live in bushes! He he he.” Then her head flopped right back onto my shoulder.
    So, Annika digs your gansey yarn. But she thinks you should take it inside to the yarn closet where it belongs.

  33. Too, too apropos! We turned on the air for the first time today and it was lovely.
    And I am spinning the end of my handdyed (by me) silk so I can spin up the handdyed (by Lori Lawson) WAY expensive superfine merino that I’ve been saving for two years, till I was good enough, to ply with the silk.
    And I just got loads of alpaca, which I have never worked with before, in a trade for an ancient cone of Sugar ‘N’ Cream cotton that I didn’t care about any more. Thanks, Linda!
    There is no doubt that I am addicted to this blog. Thanks, Stephanie!

  34. I find the really good stuff is a little “slippery” for people in the beginning stages. I find that decent fleece, but not gorgeous, is easier (at least for me) to learn on.
    I bought a great big (5 lbs) bag of crap when I was still very much a beginner, and forced myself to spin most of it in punishment for being so cheap. Having looked at the resulting yarn recently, I found it was not nearly as bad as I remembered, and have even dyed and knit some of it. I would never spin such garbage again, having had a taste of merino, mohair, silk etc., but I find that I did get some benefit from it.

  35. Great post. My Ukrainian Granny used to say: you can’t make chicken soup from chicken shit.
    If you don’t like the wool, you won’t like the sweater. If you don’t like the fibre, you won’t like the yarn. And yes, good fibre is waaay easier to spin.
    Your opinion is seconded by my spinning instructor at Fibre Week in Olds Alberta.
    Barb B.

  36. I’m about to spin what you gave me…
    I have been inexorably sucked into the vortex, in case you haven’t guessed, far beyond rescue. I’m even offering Fleece Artist to Cassie, of all people, that’s how far gone I am…
    I spun in the CN building in Montr�al on Monday. I blame you.
    Your summer evening sounds fantastic. I think I’d better get that AC or I might die. Because…
    it’s too hot to even spin.

  37. Looks at all the Harlot Spun yarn. The Ode to Joe for his birthday was touching. But as a knitter, might I just say that your actions speak quite loudly of your love. Either that or as usual, you’re completely nutters.
    Do you think it may take you a bit longer than usual because by the time you get to casting on, you may be sick of the yarn?

  38. Do you remember which one it was? Burgundy is such a lovely summer wine. I like that it goes with so many grillables.

  39. Hi Stephanie — I’m back from 2.5 weeks with my mom, sister and friends in the mid-west. My house is a disaster, a complete disaster… the couch is standing on its end in the kitchen, a fine layer of yellow dust covers every surface, I had to throw out 2 bags of old stuff from the fridge… dh was home but I’m not sure what he ate. He “supervised” having carpeting removed and wood floors refinished. Once the workers left I guess he thought his job was done. Thank the goddess I’m on the last ball of yarn on Cozy, and I’ve started a wee scarf with KSH. Sanity will prevail.
    Oh yeah, I don’t spin (don’t tempt me, please) but my sister just bought a drop spindle, so I’ll be sending this post off to her. Cheers.

  40. Stephanie, my Lendrum wheel arrived on Saturday after an almost 6 month wait. I am in love. I will assume like yarn, the better the raw materials, the better odds I will have in producing a good product. I am waiting for my “dealer” to get back from her buying trip. She sold me the wheel only to tell me that she had less than 10 ounces of fiber in the entire shop. I think that was just plain mean. Needless to say, I bought all of it. Fun! Fun! Fun!

  41. Every now and then I entertain thoughts of learning how to spin for two reasons; first, because the drop spindle course at Romni Wools looks like a fun and interesting way to spend an afternoon, and second, according to the various DIY books and websites on the subject, my German Shepherd/Border Collie cross has the Perfect type of hair for spinning…
    Luckily for my dog, even though I am quirky enough to want to try it, I realize I just don’t have the time, space, or money that would have to be siphoned from my yarn fund to take up such a hobby. So he’s safe. For now.

  42. This theory about using the best you can afford applies to knitting, spinning and life in general. How many people have china, silver, a fancy blouse or sweater, or whatnot, “saved” for “special?” I finally had the “Ah Ha!” moment several years ago. I had bought a lovely twin set (pale yellow angora) for a special occasion — spent a pretty penny on it. It looked and felt great, and then I put it away for other special occasions. Then one day I had the epiphany — what other special occasions? Why can’t I go to school where I work everyday and wear something I love, that I look good in, that feels great, and that’s warm? (I’m also a proponet of “Cost per wear” Sure, I spent more on it, but if I wear if often, the price per wear goes down — but that’s a whole other rant). Anyway, henceforth, I wear the good stuff when I feel like it. At my house, we eat off good plates and silver. I use the good tablecloth. etc etc etc. If there is something that would wound my heart if it broke, I don’t use it. Very few THINGS are that precious to me. Why not eat a delicious hotdog from a lovely plate that someone gave you 20 years ago for your wedding? Okay, enough.
    The other thing I thought of as I read your latest. I play tennis. It is much more satisfying to play against a better player than someone not as good as you. It makes you try harder, it raises the level of your game and it’s just plain more fun. Playing against someone better gives you something to aspire to. So, spin and knit with the stuff that’s “better” than you. You’ll come out as a better knitter or spinner, or whatever you do. Set the bar high.
    Amen. Goodnight – in my air-conditioned but earth-conscious environment – from sizzlin’ Ohio.

  43. That’s such a great tradition. Someday I’ll get into spinning, if for no other reason than the chance to maybe possibly get a package from Harlot. That sounds like the perfect summer night.

  44. You speak the truth, YH, you speak the truth. I’m a fledgling spinner and have been fortunate enough to have a friend who is helping to nurture my new-found addiction, uh, hobby. That’s right, hobby.
    Last week I went to her place (she lives totally off the grid) and learned to scour wool. While waiting for it to soak for the requisite hour, I also learned to card and make roving. After we finished rinsing the fleece, she handed me her drum carder and the already cleaned fleece we had been working on and said, “Have a great time!” What generosity!!! So now I have a full fleece (from her sheep Newly, who recently passed away. SOB!) that I’m slowly carding and preparing for spinning.
    In addition, I’ve found a couple of local sources for both mohair and alpaca that are a dream to spin. And I’ve met some of the spinners who belong to the local guild. They’ve invited me to spin at the county fair with them at the beginning of August so that I can get in some practice as well as hands on instruction. AMAZING!
    All you fellow new spinners, take heart! And don’t save to good stuff for later. You’re good enough now!

  45. what a lovely practice, the mentoring. When i started I didn’t know anyone in the knit and/or spin like (either real or online) so I missed that bit of love. However, I’m gonna start spreading mine around, as soon as I find a mentee, I’m all over her/him!

  46. Mentoring/sharing fibre/passing on the smack:
    Yes. My two wonderful girlfriends (separately) enabled me to start knitting. Then drop-spindling. And now, of course, I have three sheep. SERIOUSLY. (What the hell? Why not? My husband tends a field of tractors and backhoes and all-things rustable, so why deny myself a smattering of wooly friends?)
    And Barb – I want that made into a bumpersticker about chicken soup/chicken shit. THAT’s priceless.
    I have to stick up for the “firsts” though–my first drop-spindled, rough wool made me appreciate the $24/lb part angora that I started after I got the hang of the lumpy/breaky thing. I still suck, but now it feels better running through my fingers. 😉
    STEPH – Nor’Easter, coming at you in approx 3hrs–help is on the way! (from Rochester, NY weather report)

  47. What do you consider “crap” fiber? My mother-in-law just promised to teach me how to spin next month and suggested that I get some Romney wool to start with. I just bought a pound of it. I’m thinking that since this wasn’t in your list that it’s probably crap. Am I doomed from the start?
    I’m really hope that I like spinning because Christmas is right around the corner and those supplies can get expensive for someone just starting out.

  48. So it’s in my mind just lately to learn to spin …how did you know? I need the wise opinion of all you spinners, please. I’m thinking of learning on a drop spindle. I’ll do my homework, get a cd or a video (cuz I’ve never seen it done), buy GOOD stuff to work with, and I’m visiting a fiber fair this fall where I hope to further things along. What do you think?

  49. Romney wool is not crap–it’s not usually next to the skin soft, but it’s not crap!
    There are so many breeds of sheep out there with different types of fleece–you pick the fleece according to what you want to do with it. I wouldn’t wear Romney next to the skin, but I’d love a nice tweed suit made of it.
    A nice, clean, well-prepared romney fleece is a good choice for a beginning spinner–it will draft easily and should make a nice yarn.

  50. I honestly think the only reason knitting instruction “took” the second time around is the fiber.
    Attempt #1: Mom gave me scratchy baby blue acryclic and I knit a stockinette square. Blah.
    Attempt #2: Cool Aunt Donna took me into her new cedar-lined yarn shop and said, “What do you want to make? Here are the patterns. Let’s go find some yarn.”
    It was Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride bulky, one skein of silver and one of charcoal, and it was love at first stitch. I didn’t even KNOW about silk yarn, to which I’m now monstrously addicted. No wonder she was always my favorite aunt.

  51. yes! use the best materials you can – because you can’t get that time back and you might as well have something really great to show for it.

  52. As an incentive, why don’t you start knitting the gansey right away. When you run out of yarn you’ll be motivated to spin more (unless there is something else screaming to be knitted).

  53. I just got a spindle! I just got a spindle! *bounces* And lovely Finn top to spin! I must practice my drafting though.

  54. Oh, is that one of those solar powered parasols? We’ve got one too. Very nice, they are.
    (see Cate’s post the other day for the reason for my change of name…)

  55. I am always so overwhelmed with the amount of comments that you get,that I get intimindated to leave one. I do agree however with you and Cassie. Life is too short to spend spinning something that you do not love. There is no fiber out there that anyone should feel unworthy of. If it speaks to you……spin it. I have found, the nicer the fiber, the nicer the spinning experience. Of course, being surrounded by bunny fluff has colored my spinning experience for sure :-))

  56. Hi there – I love reading your blog and being tempted by your spinning. I have not yet let myself be sucked down that spinning hole because I know spinning will only grow exponetially for me – first I’ll just get a drop spindle, then I’ll need my own bathtub for washing wool and I’ll have 8 spinning wheels and every gadget I can get my hands on! That being said I like what you have to say about using good fiber when you are learning (and I’ve filed it away for future use). I apply the same rule of thumb when I have taught friends to knit – I never let them start with acrylic yarn just because it is cheap. I always try to steer them to a natural fiber they like that is good yarn for exactly the same reasons you mention in your post – if you don’t like the yarn you are working with (or fiber) you totally won’t want to keep going!

  57. I first learned to spin with Colonial, then I moved on to Corriedale and then Mia gifted me with some Clun/Cormo that was just fabulous. I think good fiber makes the experience more enjoyable, and you can always buy more!

  58. Ah, yes. Saving wool. How about the two shepherds with a flock of 17 sheep, who couldn’t keep up with the wool they sheared every year? Hi. I’m one of them. Not only is one room of our house, about 10 x 12 feet, stacked to the ceiling with wool, we have a storeroom twice that size with even MORE wool stored in it! We could sell every last sheep tomorrow, and have more wool than we could ever spin in the rest of our lives, even if we kept at it 8/7! And yet, still we cannot resist a gorgeous fleece that someone else may be selling.
    It’s like the quilter, who has entire rooms filled with fabric. Or the knitter, who just has to buy that neat yarn, no matter how much she has stashed at home. Don’t know what I’ll make with it yet, but I’m sure I’ll come up with something…

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