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Respect the Spindle: Spin Infinite Yarns with One Amazing Tool Paperback – December 1, 2009
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"A good introduction for those beginning to explore spinning, and a comprehensive guide to technique for experienced spindlers." - Library Journal
"I have a decent assortment of spinning books, including some excellent ones that focus on spindles, but this book blows them away." - KnittingScholar.com
"A great choice for those new to spinning and those who might feel cheated because their budget--or their living arrangements--make a wheel an impossibility." - About.com Guide to Knitting
"Be prepared to have cliched thoughts about spindles and spinning on spindles blasted out of the water. Abby Franquemont has given spinners a encyclopedic gift on the topic of spindles. In a single volume, she will change the way you look at, think about and use...spindles." - Knitty.com
"The instructions are very well done, nothing is rushed and there are good photos of everything you need. I'd happily recommend this to a beginner." - YarnMaker
"Respect the Spindle is really lovely. It's perfect if you've always wanted to spin but were intimidated by spinning wheels because it makes the whole process a lot more elemental. Perfect for even the novice spinner!" - The Purl Bee
"Abby Franquemont says spinning with a spindle can get you any kind of yarn you want; a spinning wheel never needs to be in your house if you don't want it. She makes this argument--and proves the point nicely--in her book Respect the Spindle." - About.com
"It's a comprehensive guide to using a drop spindle and it starts at the very beginning, which is perfect for a total novice like me." - Canadian Living craft blog
About the Author
Abby Franquemont was raised in the United States and the Andes, where she was taught to spin on a spindle at the age of five. She has been spinning, knitting, weaving, and crocheting for more than thirty years. She is a fiber artist, teacher, technical editor, and writer whose work has appeared in Spin-Off, Spindlicity, and Twist Collective. She lives in Lebanon, Ohio.
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What a gorgeous book! Almost every page has either a color photo or a graphic – often multiple photos to reinforce the concepts that the author discusses in the text.
This 135 page book has an Introduction which is followed by 3 main sections/ units, supported by their various sub-sections/ chapters and delves into problem-solving throughout:
I. Know about Spindles:
A. Choosing a Spindle
B. The Science of Spindles
C. What about the Wheel?
II. Spinning on a Spindle
A. Starting to Spin
B. Fine-Tuning Your Yarn
C. Getting More Done
D. Which Spindle When
F. Living with Spindles
II. Spindle-spun Projects
Following these are 2 final section: Resources and the Index.
I both hand knit (HK) and machine knit (MK); I also crochet and weave on a tabletop loom, so I already deal with yarn during the pre-project stage of making something: I have several yarn winders (Passap) for my knitting machines, and I own a Strauch (made in USA) yarn winder which winds at an amazing rate in amazingly large balls/ cakes. (https://www.amazon.com/BW-Strauch-Jumbo-Ball-Winder/dp/B0108OZRRS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1519591840&sr=8-1&keywords=strauch+ball+winder Strauch Jumbo Ball Winder ). I use this winder religiously and almost get into a state of zen while using it because of the soothing, rhythmic, circular motions that it employs while winding yarn.
I bought this book, Respect the Spindle, in order to increase my yarn knowledge skill sets because spinning yarn on spindles is not easy even though it seems to be so.
To build her own yarn skillsets, the author began her spinning journey in the Andes in Peru as a child.
In the book, I also liked that she looked at various spindles from various cultures: Turkish, Russian, and Navajo (encompassing its uses in the ME, Asia and the US Southwest). It was interesting to see the similarities and differences of the spindles and how yarn is spun with these devices.
We have 2 American Eskimo dogs, and their double-coated fir, during their daily brushings, might make some lovely yarn.
A book on making yarn from dog hair will be the next book that I buy to use in my knitting and tabletop loom weaving.
This is a ‘have-to-have’ book for every person who deals with fiber arts and wants to make their own yarn.
Also recommend checking out some of her videos on youtube, as they are super helpful in actually seeing some of the techniques and such that she talks about in her book, in a real demonstration.
One piece of advice: Don't buy the Kindle version of this book. Why? Because this is the kind of book, like a spindle with a cop of newly spun fiber on it, you're going to want to hold in your hands.