Certificate of excellence, part 3

Two pen holders made from handspun squares woven on 4-inch pin looms.

Part 1 is here and part 2 is here. The Project, including The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook and Handspinning Rare Wools In 2007, I got caught up in The Project, which was supposed to be a comparatively concise effort, completed by August 2008, and has so far grown to require almost four years and has … Read more

30 days to Maryland Sheep and Wool

It's time to count days to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. Here's my major sign of spring: The Maryland catalog. I love Maryland catalogs. I don't care if they arrive dog-eared from their travels through the postal system, as this one did, because they'll get dog-eared after they're in my hands anyway. This year's … Read more

Certificate of excellence, part 2

Romeldale fiber and sample yarn

Part 1 is here. Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot * In 1985, when I began work as editor of Shuttle Spindle and Dyepot (SS&D), the quarterly magazine published for its members by the Handweavers Guild of America, the organization had just undergone some turmoil, and my first task was to produce an issue of the magazine within a month … Read more

Certificate of excellence, part 1

Multicolored yarns in skeins and on a bobbin.

A question from Meg Caulmare (whom it looks like I will finally get to meet this year!): I keep meaning to ask you if you have already earned the COE in handspinning. If not, is your work with rare breeds a base for that (which you would, of course, do in your spare time)? COE … Read more

Proofing doesn’t go on forever (or does it?)

When I started writing this post on February 25, I had recently finished reading the text pages for The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook for the third time. Co-author Carol Ekarius and I have been trading the full-read responsibility baton like relay team members as we have gone through these final pre-press checks. It's kept us … Read more

Proofreading, continued

Yes, it's necessary for me to fully read the pages of the book yet again in their most recent (nearly final) incarnation, although I am finding relatively few spots that need marks for changes (a dramatic contrast from the last set of printouts). What amazes me, though, is that no matter how many times I've … Read more