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I have bags! Paper bags! They are white. They are cheap. They are flimsy. They are not very large… and they come in large quantities only. Those large quantities are subdivided into packs of 100 each, neatly threaded onto a … Continue reading

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One of the recurring questions about my spindle sticks, especially from modern spinners, is “Why don’t they have a hook?” followed by “why don’t they have a notch?” and “how do you fix the yarn without hook or notch?” Finds … Continue reading

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If you’ve ever done a spinning demonstration, you will probably have heard the Sleeping Beauty question at least once. If I had a Euro for every time that I’ve heard it… well, I’d be a good bit richer than I … Continue reading

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You remember that ridiculously large package of wool I sent away recently? It has returned from its adventures… looking still very large, and slightly (ahem, well, maybe more than slightly) battered. And it contained wool, beautifully combed into top. Lots … Continue reading

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I’ve had a beyond wonderful time up in Scandinavia – but I can’t tell you anything specific about the details of the project part at this time, as the team wants to have good, solid results from their tests before … Continue reading

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Did I say back to the usual stuff yesterday? Well, this year is starting off with exciting things only; for one thing, getting the Bernuthsfeld stuff to a close. (There’s just a few more patches to decide upon and to … Continue reading

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What about these small spindle wheels with crank drive, though? They did get a mention already. Usually, the really small ones are winding wheels to wind bobbins or pirns for weaving, and are not really suitable for spinning. That does … Continue reading

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