Drafting: The Long And Short Of It

And in still more news, my first DVD has arrived!

Drafting: The Long And Short Of It, from Interweave Press and sponsored by Louet North America, starts shipping tomorrow (October 14, 2009).

It's aimed at explaining what the differences are between woolen and worsted and why that matters (or not), and teaching several drafting methods while discussing how you combine those with fiber choice and style of preparation to fine-tune your spinning and produce the exact yarn you want.

So the question is, is it blowing off work if I go watch it and see how it came out, or is it the height of professionalism to make sure it's up to snuff?

Godawful Camera Phone Photo!

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Look, this spindle that's sitting on my desk is in a book, with that same yarn on it and everything. This can't be a coincidence, can it? And those are my feet on the other page, of this book that is totally a real live book. That I totally wrote. And which really exists. And will really be in stores in a few more weeks.

But for now, I have this, my very own personal advance copy of Respect The Spindle. By Me.

Respect The Spindle!

It's official: Respect the Spindle: Spin Infinite Yarns With One Amazing Tool is available for pre-order, to arrive in November. You can see a preview at the link supplied, and if you pre-order it from me, you get it signed. ;-)

Here's what my publisher, Interweave Press, says about my book:

Portable and productive, the hand spindle has been responsible for creating the world's yarn for millennia. In Respect the Spindle, veteran spinner and spindle aficionado Abby Franquemont teaches spinners old and new how to create incredible yarn with this amazing, yet simple tool.

Many contemporary spinners view the hand spindle as a beginner???s tool, suited to learn the basic steps of spinning before moving on to a spinning wheel. In Respect the Spindle Franquemont's emphasizes the spindles importance and use to make yarn in advanced ways for high-end to novelty cloth.

The perfect how-to book for any spinner with a growing collection of spindles or even just a dowel, Respect the Spindle includes:

* Step-by-step photography with detailed illustrations, making the spindle spinning techniques clear to even the novice spinner.
* Techniques from the basics, such as getting started on the spindle, to more specialized techniques, such as using the spindle to make specific kinds of yarn faster than imagined.
* Profiles of spindle spinners from various traditions are presented in sidebars throughout the book, which introduce heartwarming and historical fiber stories from around the world.
* Five simple projects give spinners practice in creating a variety of yarns and patterns.
* And more!

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We're on a rather dramatic and long-lasting power outage event right now. So if you're trying to email me or hit, you're SOL. I can get text messages, phone calls, and occasionally to my yahoo mail if I hit the coffeeshop in town (like right now).

We're fine, there's no damage (other than to perishable foods) and our biggest problem is "bored 10-year-old." School is finally back in session though and power could be back as soon as this weekend. Though it could be longer.

Since it's not national news if large portions of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana have power outages on the order of millions of customers, and since there's so much other apocalyptic news in the news right now, anybody interested in finding out how things are can check our local paper: . Enjoy.


Every once in a blue moon, I really like a horoscope.


On the piece of birthday cake that is your life, are you saving the rose made of frosting for the last bite? There's no need to hold off on enjoying the good stuff today. Dig right in, and don't worry that there won't be more coming along soon. You have to relish the gifts you are given today, and use them! Do not put them away for a rainy day, save them to share with someone else, or anything like that. What you have been given is yours to do with what you will.

Now... where DID I put that frosting rose?