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February 13, 2009


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May McCay

Cryptic; I'm typing one handed. Working on getting range of motion and strength back after a broken humerus.

Have a 'memory trace' that the fibers in bast fiber plants extend into the roots. harvest is by pulling up. Mixed results when I grew flax; the deer herd went at right angles across the garden; 1/4 to 1/3 if the crop was about 3 inches.

Deb Robson

May, you're right that they extend into the roots and pulling keeps maximum length. Thanks for the note.

The story suggests primarily root fiber, and that doesn't ring true for me. (I.e., the story goes that fiber was less plentiful but stronger when the plants grew in a rocky field; when the rocks were removed, there was more hemp but it wasn't as strong. Nice parable, but I suspect not valid in the fiber sense.)

And I hope a bit of one-handed typing is therapeutically beneficial!


That series of emails is way way too close to reality for me right now. I'm wondering if that book would make me laugh or cry. :)

donna Druchunas

The afghan is GORGEOUS. I've been meaning to take a look at My Jesus Year but have been distracted by books about Eastern Europe.

donna Druchunas

Oh, and I take leave of the social networking sites when I don't have time or am not in the mood for them. No need to be compulsive about it. :-) ...reminding self...

Deb Robson

Joanne and Donna, you were some of the people (also me ) that I was thinking about when I came across those quotes about publishing.

Yes, the afghan *I*S* gorgeous. I am so pleased. It's good to get outside our comfort zones (for me, 2mm needles and blue-shaded yarns).

I shut down on some of the social networking to regain my sanity. I truly love being in touch with people. However, I also need to work. . . . I'm not good, therefore, at those little message windows that pop up in the corner of the screen!


Ah, social networking. A true time sink and from a business perspective, not completely convinced of the utility. Fun, though.

Dani Greer

I'd trade all the social networking sites for Twitter in a Big Apple minute - get half my blog hits from over there for a fraction of the time spent every day. Facebook and MySpace are a royal PITA.

Interesting reading - I'm just getting into The Atheist's Way for a Maisel tour stop and so far, my impression is that it's very evangelical (LOL) and disappointingly uncreative. I guess that's a characeristic of exclusivity though. Will plow my way through in hopes of finding a gem or two so I can do a somewhat upbeat review.


Susan J Tweit

Enlightenment for Idiots sounds like the perfect fun read, and the afghan is gorgeous.

As for hemp, it's roots aren't all that impressive as I recall, and I have never heard of anyone making rope from the fiber in the roots. Here's why: they branch into a diffuse network of very tiny roots very quickly, so the fiber pulled from them would be thin, and very fine, but not necessarily very strong. (Because of the diffuse branching of the roots, it wouldn't be long and straight like the fiber in the stalks either.) So I suspect that's a tale she picked up somewhere and didn't know to check.

I'm reading Terry Tempest Williams' Finding Beauty in a Broken World. Not light reading, but very powerful.

Deborah Robson

Thanks, Susan. Very useful. Sometimes tales are more colorful than accurate, and that was my sense here. I do know that fiberists glean everything they can from bast fibers, but that the stalk is the primary source.

Terry Tempest Williams' new book has been on my radar, for sure.

And I just started Stephanie Kallos' new novel. Very promising.

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