Two packages and one magazine in my mail today! Nice way to end the year.
A pink package from Norway, posted to me in Sweden:
There was more pink inside, pink wrapping papers, pink ribbons… and wool (not pink…) The brown wool is lovely Spaelsau lamb, the big white is Suffolk-Norsk Kvit Sau, absolutely gorgeous with a very fine crimp. Both are raw (not scoured). The two small white washed samples are from an unknown breed, but what’s interesting with it is the colour (not visible in the photo, though). It’s strongly coloured yellow, almost orange, and can’t be washed more clean than it is now. It’ll be interesting to see it in a yarn later. This was the first package of three in a Norwegian wool club, so more Norwegian wools are to be expected the next months.
A book sent to me from Sweden: Lise Warburg’s Spinnbok. This is one of the books I learned to spin from. It’s still a very good book, even if it feels somewhat old fashioned today. I used to borrow it from the library along with a few Finnish ones. I opened it at the adequate page, opened a couple of other books also, and placed them on the floor next to my spinning wheel. Then I tried to figure out what to do next. As you may have noticed, I did find out! It took me some time though. Youtube is more effective when you learn the practical things about spinning, but the books give information it’s not possible to get in a few short videos. The theory, the oh so necessary theory! The ground to stand on.
A magazine from the UK: YarnMaker! I’m so happy for this magazine. I also have Spin Off and Ply, which both are quite American (not meaning anything bad at all by saying so!) YarnMaker is a one-woman-magazine, thanks to the editor Dorothy Lumb. It’s quite an achievement, and it gets better all the time. I remember first hearing about it in 2010, shortly after UK Knit Camp in Stirling in Scotland. Quite a few of us spinners had traveled to Stirling tempted by Deborah Robson, who taught one of her later so famous Rare Breeds Wool classes there. One result of this was YarnMaker.
The British have long, unbroken traditions in handspinning, so reading about their work gives a good insight in a more traditional way of looking at spinning. They also have this amazing amount of breeds to choose their wools from, which makes it even more interesting and educational. If you don’t have it already and need something to start the new year with, get it here! There is a Ravelry group also.