A good book. I already knew a lot of the info, but I was coming to it as a generally frugal/thrifty person looking for ways to help curb my spendaholi...moreA good book. I already knew a lot of the info, but I was coming to it as a generally frugal/thrifty person looking for ways to help curb my spendaholic partner, not as a spendaholic myself (except occasionally when the meds don't work.) If you're a spendaholic I can see it being helpful.
There's still some new stuff that I think I'm going to try, especially the 'spend book' (list the purchases you want to make over and above your normal shopping, so when you do have the extra you're more focused on what you really want.) I think that might be useful because while I tend towards frugality, when the bipolar kicks in I have been known to impulse buy like mad (pun intended), so maybe if I do it this way I'll at least impulse buy stuff that I wanted when I wasn't manic. It's worth a try, right?
Also there are some avenues in the cleaning section I might have a go at.(less)
This book is amazing. I especially recommend it for anybody who's interested in spinning but who has a disability that affects their ability to use a...moreThis book is amazing. I especially recommend it for anybody who's interested in spinning but who has a disability that affects their ability to use a treadle.
I didn't really notice it at the time, but when you start (or return to after a ~25 year absence) spinning and go through the myriad of books, videos, and tutorials on the topic, it all assumes that you're going to move onto a wheel. The spindle is considered valuable, but as a learning tool, not quite a toy but not for those interested in serious production. I was aiming for a wheel simply because it didn't occur to me that there was another option, which is a big thing for me because an old injury means I can't work a treadle for any length of time - I was looking at e-wheels, but they are hellishly expensive and I'd still have to sit for extended periods, something which is more manageable than treading but not ideal.
Then I read this book, and I find that actually, staying with the drop spindle is an option; not only an option but a good option. I feel like I should have known that anyway, because the spindle lasted a long time and is still in use in some parts of the world, but see above point about everything seeming to assume you'll move on. In fact, according to the author, drop spindles are better for some types of yarn, and those happen to be types I'm interested in making (weaving yarns, alpaca fibre, etc.) Instead of thinking about a wheel I'm now using the techniques described to speed up my production using drop spindles, and I'm producing plenty of yarn even in this beginner stage, as I get better practiced and faster I have no doubt that I'm going to leave the amount of yarn I could produce on a wheel well behind; especially when you consider that I can only treadle for ~20 minutes if I don't want to cripple myself for a couple of days.
Not to mention, learning how to spin when walking around (something it didn't occur to me to try until I read this book and the author's description of a childhood in the Andes spent playing games whilst spinning) has added to my ability to cope with pain; I have to walk around sometimes or I seize up, there's only so many things you can do while walking, and spinning takes enough of my concentration that it provides a bit of distraction from the hurt + bonus yarn. It's not exactly something I could do with a wheel.
Granted there aren't a lot of spinners with my particular circumstances, but I think there's plenty in this book for the able-bodied spinner too.(less)
A good over-view of the topics, I think, but I would probably do more research before attempting anything but the simplest instructions.
Also, I'm a l...moreA good over-view of the topics, I think, but I would probably do more research before attempting anything but the simplest instructions.
Also, I'm a little confused by the instruction that cotton has to be spun on a short draw; I learnt on cotton when I was a kid, and short draw never went well, long draw with a lot of twist was the way to go.(less)