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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
A very nice ebook.

Lara's Library: Spinner's Questions with Rita Buchanan

Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
I think I am finally convinced that pre-drafting is a good idea.

Spinner's Questions, like the book from last week, is essentially a collection of Spin-Off articles, organized to meet a certain need.

If you are a long-time reader of Spin-Off magazine, this might not be for you. I am not, however, so I found it very helpful.

The table of contents gives you an idea of the breadth of topics covered in this book:

- Learning the "right way" to spin

- Avoiding color streaks

- Combing wool and the matter of waste fiber

- Blending and combining fibers

- Stash control

- Successful plying

- Joins that last

- Predrafting purchased fiber

- On wet-spinning flax

- Evaluating fiber diameter

- Is three-ply "rounder" than two-ply?

- Presenting skeins for competition

- Blocking yarn

- Ordering a handbuilt wheel

- Tools for processing wool

- Changing a drive band

- Double drive or scotch tension?

- Using space-dyed roving

- Pills

- Making durable socks

- Crochet with handspun

With few exceptions, I can see myself wanting to look up each and every one of these topics to improve my spinning (especially stash control and blocking yarn).

The information is presented clearly, with plenty of illustrations and photographs. I found the chapter on pills especially fascinating. I also learned that my drafting triangle should be a little more even on both sides, to avoid pills. Oops.

Overall, a great little ebook for anyone who wants to take a much closer look at his or her spinning.

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