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Vest of Voices by Jeannine Glaves

Beginning with luxurious blends of wool, silk, and yak, Jeannine Glaves spun enough yarn to weave 56 yards in seven-yard increments. The spinning and weaving is splendid, but it’s the words woven in that make one smile in recognition, chuckle (or even guffaw), and wipe away a tear. Sorry this awesome content is for site…

Lanolin for Healing by Suzanne Artley

When I was sixteen, I was given a pair of riding gloves made from goatskin. They were soft and supple with lanolin rubbed into the leather, and I carried them everywhere. The smell was comfort I couldn’t explain. Fast-forward thirty-five years. Well, thirty-five years wasn’t exactly fast, but marriages, children, graduate school, and a lifestyle…

Nora Meets Milan by Stephen Beal

I’M THROUGH! Nora declared to Aunt Betty over lunch. The Russian Tearoom. Both women were Manhattan lawyers. Sorry this awesome content is for site members only. But, it’s never too late to join us! Come on in and we’ll show you how. Username Password Remember Me

Standing On the Shoulders of Giants by Judith MacKenzie McCuin

As a spinning teacher I hear many wonderful stories: about children and animals, strangers and friends, travels and homecomings. I love to hear them all. But the stories that are truly dear to my heart tell how people first learned to spin. No matter the circumstances, or how long ago, when spinners tell me about…

Spinning a Cautionary Tale by Deborah Free

Once upon a visit to my community library, I discovered a lovely old book of fairy tales. The cover illustration was a painting of a barefoot woman pensively spinning at a wheel. Her hair, like gold ringlets of spun straw, cascaded over her shoulders. She could have been Sleeping Beauty before she pricked her finger…

Wishful Thinking by Evelyn Clark

Sometimes I wonder if I ever will graduate from the school of hard knocks. My latest lesson involved my dog, Mica, a spindle, and amethyst-colored Merino top. Only afterwards did I remember the adage “Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it.” Sorry this awesome content is for site members only.…

Have I Got Worms! by Jeannine Glaves

Last year, a spinner in my neck of the woods (Oklahoma) had more silkworms than she could feed and was looking for homes for them. I said that I would take 50, but when I got home I found I had 150—just a smidgen more than I had bargained for. Sometimes you get more than…

Fiber Optics and Yarn by Diane Mulholland

When I was very little, my mother taught me how to spin and knit. She taught me many other skills, but these are the two that have endured through years of dabbling in new crafts and activities. Over the years, our love for crafts has been a special bond. Mum and I talk to each…

What Are You Doing? And Why? by Abby Franquemont

Download Now Someone asked me the other day, “What are you doing?” “Oh, I’m cooking food,” I explained, “from raw ingredients. See, these materials here, if I use the right steps, turn into my lunch.” He wanted to know why I’d do that; I explained that I like eating. “But,” he said, “why don’t you…

Finding My Wheel by Linnea Tippett

I am, like so many other spinners, a professional. Oh, no—I’m not a professional spinner—that’s far too lofty a claim for my abilities. Rather, I have a challenging,rewarding, and often stressful fulltime career. Of course you know that spinning is a fabulous way to take one’s mind off the drain of a day of hard…