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Vest of Voices by Jeannine Glaves
May 23, 2014 posted by Liz Good
Beginning with luxurious blends of wool, silk, and yak, Jeannine Glaves spun enough yarn to weave 56 yards in seven...
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Lanolin for Healing by Suzanne Artley
Mar 10, 2009 posted by Spin-Off
When I was sixteen, I was given a pair of riding gloves made from goatskin. They were soft and supple with lanolin...
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Nora Meets Milan by Stephen Beal
Jan 28, 2009 posted by Spin-Off
I’M THROUGH! Nora declared to Aunt Betty over lunch. The Russian Tearoom. Both women were Manhattan lawyers...
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Standing On the Shoulders of Giants by Judith MacKenzie...
Jan 28, 2009 posted by Spin-Off
As a spinning teacher I hear many wonderful stories: about children and animals, strangers and friends, travels...
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Spinning a Cautionary Tale by Deborah Free
Jan 28, 2009 posted by Spin-Off
Once upon a visit to my community library, I discovered a lovely old book of fairy tales. The cover illustration...
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Wishful Thinking by Evelyn Clark
Jan 15, 2009 posted by Spin-Off
Sometimes I wonder if I ever will graduate from the school of hard knocks. My latest lesson involved my dog, Mica...
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Have I Got Worms! by Jeannine Glaves
Jan 15, 2009 posted by Spin-Off
Last year, a spinner in my neck of the woods (Oklahoma) had more silkworms than she could feed and was looking...
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Fiber Optics and Yarn by Diane Mulholland
Jan 15, 2009 posted by Spin-Off
When I was very little, my mother taught me how to spin and knit. She taught me many other skills, but these are...
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What Are You Doing? And Why? by Abby Franquemont
Jan 15, 2009 posted by Spin-Off
Someone asked me the other day, “What are you doing?” “Oh, I’m cooking food,” I explained...
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Finding My Wheel by Linnea Tippett
Jan 15, 2009 posted by Spin-Off
I am, like so many other spinners, a professional. Oh, no—I’m not a professional spinner—that’s...
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The Andean Connection by Amy Clarke Moore
Jan 15, 2009 posted by Spin-Off
We’re just back from our twenty sixth Spin-Off Autumn Retreat (SOAR)—this year it was held at Pocono...
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