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June 06, 2011


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Wow, now I feel really, really lazy! Clearly, I need to write more. Much more!


I have been pretty determined to let my Spin-Off lapse, because I'm beyond the gee-whiz phase of my spinning life and it's gotten to be more of a gee-whiz type of magazine... but how else can I read your articles?? sigh

Deb Robson

Caroline, you could buy single issues. Or subscribe for one more year {grin}. Ive got summer, winter (two), and spring articles coming, as far as I know, although I cant guarantee that the articles will appear as planned. I just meet my deadlines, and I know firsthand how many things can happen on the editorial and production end to shift schedules.When I edited the magazine, the absolute bane of my existence was being able to predict when pieces would appear. My approach to editing and the variables I was dealing with were a good deal different than they are now. Im guessing the pieces will be published as scheduled.


Loved the article on Soay! Thanks for it. Husband loved it, too. I'm the spinner; he's the Anglophile. It worked for both of us.

I have The Book on order and am looking forward to reading it.

I'm on the Seminars Committee for, um, "Organization 3" (shall we say), and I'm hoping I can persuade others to invite you to do a workshop (2 days? 3 days?) on Rare Breeds. Since I'm a rookie member of the committee, I don't know if anyone will listen to me, but I'll try.

Deborah Robson

So glad you liked the article. Your husband, too! I love having the opportunity to bring thoughts together.

Let me know about your seminars committee for Organization 3 {grin}. I do one-day, two-day, and three-day workshops. They take a LOT of prep work! Because the breeds are, by definition, rare. In order to gather the materials, I have to start at least six months out, preferably more, and know exactly how many people to expect. (There's usually a maximum registration, and the sessions usually fill.)

Once all the materials are ready, we all have a wonderful time discovering them. I talk a lot (I'm an introvert, but I keep thinking of interesting stuff I've learned about these sheep), and I have slides and handouts, too.

If the idea moves forward, you can reach me here or through www.drobson.info or www.nomad-press.com. I will be teaching in Washington state in March 2012. Four days; all wool; some rare breeds. More information to come.

Diana Troldahl

Sounds like a lovely and productive interlude!
I am just dipping my toes into the Longwools section of the book... Ok, that's an odd image :-}

Deb Robson

Yes, its an odd image, Diana, but the longwools can make durable socks, spun so theyre smooth! (And for the right person. Some folks would adore them. Some prefer cushy but far less wear-resistant Merino.

Anna Mc Carthy

I just got your book from our local bookstore and it is so much bigger in all meanings of the word. So so fun....I get "Polwarth" from Montana. The first fleece I got was an older Ram and quite coarse but since I have had lovely soft white and colored. I get my Perendale from Macarthur out by Mt. Shasta, but it is a very different animal from the Perendale I used to get 30 years ago from NZ which was so silky and long. Then there is my divinely shiny Gotland fleece that now I 'm so glad is in fleece condition rathter than top albeit supremely dirty and I am afraid to wash it unspun any more.

You have so many lovely obscure fleece types I have never heard of that I must not go crazy and acquire some. Speaking of crazy, I became concerned for your mental health with your long list of projects right after this immense project. Anyway thanks so much. I'll get my Lendrum right out.

Anna Mc Carthy

I loved Spin off in the 80s and read those all the time but cannot imagine letting my subscription lapse.

Deborah Robson

Thanks, Anna, for your concern about my sanity. I do think it's warranted {grin}. I just got back from The National Needlework Association's trade show. Fortunately, I've done enough trade shows that it was fun. I focused on the people, and had some great conversations. Mostly about wool and/or publishing.

Enjoy all those fibers! It's very interesting to see how qualities change over time. I've noticed that it's exceptionally hard now to find handspinning flax of a quality that we took for granted forty years ago.

mieke harinck

Your book is arrived in Belgium. It looks wonderfull. strange to me, it is cheaper than the dvd, but far much more precious, much more information.
i hope Spinoff sends you ones to Belgium to descibe our typical Belgian sheep (none of them is mentioned in the book but don't tnink i blame you for that).
greetings, mieke

Deb Robson

Mieke, Id love to include Belgian sheep, and other sheep from continental Europe! We ran out of space in the book. Oh, and time. But yes, I have the start of notes on sheep in your part of the world. Thank you for letting me know you have the book, and for your comments.

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