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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
The cover really just provides a hint of the zany content inside.

Lara's Library (Sort Of): Sit and Spin DVD

Jacey Boggs, of Insubordiknit, is a very different sort of spinner. Her Sit and Spin DVD is an interesting look at the world of art yarns, and would be a great jumping-off point for a spinner looking to get into it.

Jacey opens with an appeal: please learn to spin balanced, plied yarns before you leap into art spinning - and learn it somewhere else! This is not meant to be a "learn to spin" DVD. I love that she included this because I also believe that any spinner should be grounded in good technique before starting to work with these different methods.

It's definitely a different sort of DVD. Jacey has two other spinners with her, and she takes breaks from her explanations to look at their yarn and tease them about having a different sort of wheel set-up.

Her manner is informational but light, and she seems to be having a really good time. In between "chapters" in the DVD, there are short musical interludes that might not be to the taste of every spinner, but are cute and let you see art yarns, literally, in action. (Crazy hats abound.)

Some of the yarns depend on spinning techniques, and other rely on unusual methods of plying. Loops, coils, foreign objects and many other variations on those techniques are covered, along with tips about how to make your art yarns balanced and well-wearing.

A nice buy for the spinner who is interested in trying her hand at non-traditional yarns, or just wants to see some unusual techniques.