Purty, isn't it? The colorway is called "Chocolate Mint," and the fiber was battified and sold by Naomi, whose shop is here.
If you are a spinner, you can appreciate the soft, smooth, delicious fiber from the moment it arrives until the moment that it's a completed object. If you aren't a spinner, just imagine how soft and shiny a fluffy ball of 4 types of wool plus silk would be.
(If you're a spinner or knitter, check out Naomi's fibers and yarns. They are always exquisite. She also makes lovely jewelry.)
I went to the Rhinebeck Sheep & Wool festival in October, where I took a class on my wee Finnewig inkle loom (no, "wee" and "inkle" are not the same thing), tried out lots of wheels, bought a couple (ahem) of spindles, and bought a book from Sarah Kilbourne, the author and descendant of William S. Skinner, a Victorian silk entrepreneur. American Phoenix details his arrival in the United States in 1845 and the creation of a successful silk business. It also tells about how that business was destroyed by the Mill River Flood in 1874 and rebuilt. I'll report on it soon.
In the meantime, I do want to tell you about one of the books that I read during those long days after the hurricane, when we had no electricity. I liked Howe's first book, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, which I reviewed here. This one, I loved. I just wasn't feeling as verbose...
The House of Velvet and Glass by Katherine Howe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
From the ornate dining-room of the doomed Titanic to the sitting- room of a medium, from the mean streets of 19th-century Shanghai to the investigations of
William James, Howe leads the reader through the illumination of one woman's mind and soul. So much research went into this book! - and yet the reader is never pummeled with it.
One of the most delicious, sensual, and satisfying books I read all year.
When I say "one of the most," I mean that it wasn't on the same level as The Night Circus (reviewed here) - but few books are. Erin Morgenstern = genius. I wish for a new book, but in the meantime, there's a new Flax-Golden tale every Friday to make me happy. Today's tale is "Tools to build the stars." (Hint: visit her site every Friday...) And, if you have a few