Wednesday, May 10, 2006


There has been precious little spinning, in fact precious little fiber work, going on around here in the past two weeks. There has been a lot of yardwork, housecleaning, clothes shopping (and returning clothes I didn't like once they came home with me), and other spring distractions. Ds is home from college and is job hunting, an event which brings with it a lot of testosterone loaded angst.

I'll spare you the household details and instead share the little bit of fiber related stuff and some responses to the comments.

My Convergence registration is complete and reservations are made for accomodations. I will be off to my first Convergence at the end of June!

Also, I'm reading The Root of Wild Madder, an enjoyable nonfiction read related to Persian rugs, history, culture, etc. It's a good book for fiber junkies and I can't help but think of Sara Lamb's cut pile work as I read this book.

Notice that Amazon's "buy together" offering is A Perfect Red. I read this awhile ago and found it difficult to stay awake through the book. The current book is more engaging.

Immediately previous to this I read Three Cups of Tea. Although not fiber related, it made me think about talking with Judith MacKenzie McCuin at SOAR in 2003 and her travels through the Middle East. Her observation was that education is absolutely critical to stopping some of the worst practices in our world. Greg Mortenson agrees and has made it his personal mission to do something about it.

Now for responses to the comments:
Jackie: I've been spinning for 21 years this spring.

Leigh: Tall Guy has it right. There's no need to fill the bobbin when spinning superfine yarns. A scarf takes between 600 and 800 yds. of yarn. A shawl takes between 1200 and 2100 yds. of yarn. So the maximum amount of fiber required would be about 4 oz. Hope that helps put it into perspective.

And that's all I have to say right now. Perhaps time will free up as we head into summer and I'll have more fiber activities to write about.


  1. << So the maximum amount of fiber required would be about 4 oz. Hope that helps put it into perspective. >>

    Yes, that does help, thanks. Reminds me of something my DH often quotes, "By the inch it's a cinch, by the yard it's hard." IOW, I'll just focus on the project at hand and not worry about the rest of the fleece!

  2. Hi Val - both of these books look very interesting. I am wondering if you have read Colour: Adventures through the paintbox. It is by Victoria Findlay, and it is a fascinatong look at the history of paints, dyes etc. (Including the lore / ceremony that goes with it all). Hope you'll have access to a internet cafe so you can keep us posted on your adventures at Convergence).


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