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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
Marilyn Kluger's book is almost a time capsule.

Lara's Library (Sort Of): The Joy of Spinning

Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
Illustrations in this book were all by Nanene Queen Jacobson, which is just about the coolest name I've read in a long time.

Some books function as time capsules. The Joy of Spinning, by Marilyn Kluger, is that sort of book.

The book has 13 chapters, and a section of "helpful information" in the back. The Spinner's Glossary in the back was especially interesting to me, although it also raised a few questions.

I wonder if people still compare "fast" and "fugitive" dyes. Is a "German" wheel still another term for a parlor, cottage or visiting wheel?

Most of the book is dedicated to charming stories. Kluger shares memories of carding wool as her grandmother spun, hunting down (and fixing) antique spinning wheels, and learning how to dye with plants like goldenrod.

Reading the Joy of Spinning also made me grateful for the many, many sources of wheels and fiber we have today. Unfortunately, internet searches for the sources she lists all ended in blind alleys and what can only be called obituaries for family-run businesses that no longer exist.

Overall, an interesting way to see more of the history of spinning in the United States, and gain a better appreciation for the incredible amount of information and materials available today.

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