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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
Symeon North is an independent spirit,and it shows in her book.

Lara's Library (Sort Of): Get Spun

Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
Multi-colored kettle dying (in a fiber-only crockpot).

Symeon North is an independent spirit, and it shows in Get Spun: The Step-by-Step guide to Spinning Art Yarns.

She's apparantly having (or had?) some trouble in her personal life. I hope she comes out of it soon, because I really love her work.

I'm not into making art yarns (yet, anything seems possible right now), but I still found a lot to love about this book.

She opens with a section on spinning using a wheel, and includes an apology of sorts for not talking about spindles. "...because I can't produce the types of yarn I want on them."

I really love it when an author shares her limitations. It makes me feel more confident that she really knows what she's talking about, when she does write about a technique.

Symeon then moves into a discussion of different things to spin - from wool batts to "unspinnables" like plastic bags. (!)

The next chapter, on dyeing, would be useful for just about any fiber artist. As expected in an Interweave book, the illustrations, photos, and page design all make the step-by-step instructions easy to follow.

Blending fibers and colors using a drum carder is the next chapter of the book. This brings me to one of my favorite features of Get Spun: The exercises.

In many parts of the book, there are basically little homework assignments. I love this because it can sometimes be hard for a very goal-oriented person like me to try a new technique without wanting a sort of "cookbook" mentality. The exercises in Get Spun would help me stretch my wings a bit, I think.

Overall, a great book for any spinning enthusiast, even if (like me) you're not ready to make crazy elastic-core yarns (yet).