Abby Franquemont’s 3 Tips for Spinning Large Projects

These are fairly common sense ideas, until you try to put them into practice.  1, have what you need at hand (she then elaborates that you don’t want to stop in the middle of everything to prep more fiber)  2, do a warm up spin, this sounds much like all of the advice to sample, sample, sample, etc.  If you are spinning for a project however, this is a good time to figure out how long it will take you to spin this fiber.  3, The last tip is to take frequent breaks.  This sounds counter productive until you consider how quickly you can become fatigued or bored doing the same thing over and over.  This would lead to inconsistency, which means that you have not only wasted your time but probably the fiber as well.

Very good tips to keep in mind when you are planning a project.


Yarnitecture by Jillian Moreno

Okay, when I say I read this, I do admit I did not read every word of every glossary and index found in the back. There were several really neat knitting patterns in this book. I enjoyed reading the tips, the graphics were wonderful, I have a much better grasp of how to spin fine after reading this book. I also have a much better understanding of what I am looking for in a knitting yarn and why yarn is spun in a particular manner. I think that if you are a dedicated knitter hoping to get into spinning this is certainly a book for you. If you are a spinner that wants to spin knitting yarn then read this book and watch the video ‘Spinning for Lace’ they both have great tips.
If you are a spinner that spins for fun and knitting is a very far back burner hobby, then this is not the book for you.
All in all an interesting read!

How the Invention of Paper Changed the World

I do love how this type of article causes one to rethink what they ‘know’ about history.

“Actually, you can quibble with Gutenberg’s place in history. The movable type press was originally developed in China. ”

It is a fascinating study to take a few minutes of your day and look around, see how many paper products you use every day.  It is equally as interesting to realize that though computers are still on the rise, paper has not gone away.  The idea of a paperless office is certainly fascinating, but I have to agree with this author when they say it might be coming, but it certainly is not here yet.

A good read for a brief history of paper, paper making, and printing.

‘Back to the Future’ Inspires Solar Nanotech-Powered Clothing

This is a really neat article that reminds me, we are truly living in an age of innovation.  Everything from Stainless Steel fiber for spinning yarn to copper filaments to weave with technology is becoming such a part of every day life.  I love that old things and new things are interacting and interlacing in such amazing ways to create brand new things.

This article talks about a copper filament that is being created that can be woven into fabric.  Even more exciting this filament captures solar energy and can store it like a battery.  The future might include charging your cell phone by walking down the street on a sunny day.  Perhaps even charging your car, or making money as you take a walk and release the stored energy back into the grid.

These are fascinating times!  Thanks to all of the researchers that work hard to create these amazing innovations!

Library Waggin Train Service Dogs

This is a very good article that reminds us of some of the complications, benefits, and allowances that can (and should) be made for those with service, therapy, or emotional support animals.  There is converse information, the responsibilities of the owners of these animals, concessions that can be made on both sides, and federal responsibilities of the animal owners/property owners/business/library/etc.

This article provides a balanced view of the situation, explaining the benefits as well as some of the risks.  There are reasonable steps to mitigate many of the problems that may occur.