Autumn Daze

June 1, 2016

Thank you so very much, dearest Readers for your many good wishes in comments and emails during my dalliance with pneumonia. I have been touched and buoyed by your kindness and have missed visiting with you in this place. Autumn has been passed by in the daze of recuperation and although I am still wobbly legged and often horribly fatigued, I am slowly improving week by week.

Whilst I have been napping, an article I wrote some months ago on the phenomenon of the Lost Sheep in Australia has been published in Spin.Off’s summer edition. In the article, Nan Bray from White Gum Wool in Tasmania shares her shepherding insights on sheep behaviour and sheep farming in Australia. You can read more about her shepherding tales on her blog.

I also had the chance to chat with Marilyn Jensen, the President of Toowoomba Spinners and Weavers Group in Queensland who has spun and knitted from a Lost Sheep. She is currently convening the Southern Hemisphere Feltmakers Convergence at the University of Southern Queensland  in September 24_29  2017.  Felt makers can contact her at rosevalegirl@gmail.com to find out more.

I have not seen the article in print as it has yet to pop up in my Zinnio e-subscription so it still feels a little surreal but needless to say I am extremely thrilled to have something published in Spin.Off.

Over the next few weeks I will be trying to write small posts a couple of times a week just to try and build up some match fitness computer time. Your company and forbearance is greatly appreciated. If you are a new visitor to Needle and Spindle, please look around and explore, there is lots of stuff in the back catalog!


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  1. I am so glad that you are recuperating and that healing is progressing. Congratulations on publication in Spin Off! Sending kindness…

    1. Kindness received, thank you Mary. I wasn’t able to comment at the time, but your inspiring posts have kept me company. You have an enviable posting schedule, to my delight!

  2. you’re back! fabulous news on this icyshiny first day of winter. and publishing outcomes even while you’ve been subsumed – most impressive! take good care wontcha

  3. So glad to hear you are back, – take things carefully! But it will be very nice to have your blog back online again. Just off now to order that issue of Spin-Off …

    1. Ooo that is quite thrilling, to go off and order Spin-Off on the strength of my article! I hope you like it, it will probably echo conversations we have had about sheep farming before.

  4. I’m very happy to hear that you are recovering from your illness and congratulations on having you article published in Spin.Off!

    1. Thanks Simone, I been enjoying all your beautiful photographs of your beautiful spinning along the way!

  5. Dear Rebecca – So glad you are feeling better and congrats for your article in Spin-Off!!! I’m sure it will be very informative. Its great to hear about innovations in wool, sheep, spinning, etc. from downunder. Take care and may you recover quicker than you hope to. Marilyn

  6. I’m so glad you are on the road to recovery, Rebecca. Being laid up in hospital for 1 month last summer allows me to really commiserate with you!
    Your article in Spinoff is great!! I have followed the Lost Sheep with great sadness and then joy when they have been found.
    Continued better health and know that it will take a long time to bounce back from such an assault on the system!!

    1. Dear Elaine, Thank you for your kind words about the article and your commiseration with the recovery road. I do remember what a long time it took for you to be well last year, so this reminds me to be patient…thank you!

    1. Thank you Alicia, and congratulations to you on being almost at the end of your first pregnancy! I have been reading of your preparations most joyfully. Best wishes for a smooth month ahead.

  7. Dear Rebecca, I;m so glad to hear that your health is slowly improving. I have been thinking about you and wondering how you are. Just take things gently and as slowly as you need to. That is so exciting to have an article published in Spin Off. I’m looking forward to reading it. Congratulations!!! Sending you healing thoughts.

    1. Thanks Isabel, I feel like I have just been born into a grown up body, every limb is weak and wobbly…a very curious sensation and one I am very tired of now! For years I have set the pace and now it seems my body is making all the decisions.

  8. So happy to hear that you are on the road to recovery Rebecca, look forward to reading the article in Spin Off, well done!! Cheers

    1. Thanks Sue, I think Spin Off takes a while to get to Australia. This is definitely one of those times I feel very far away from everything. Your Queensland winter sun is just the thing I need right now, I have been thinking very fondly of its kindly warmth.

  9. Glad to have you back, Rebecca! And hope you recover quickly from your bout of illness! I can’t wait to read your article in Spin Off! Take care!

  10. Hi Rebecca! I’m sorry to hear you’ve been ill, and hope you are feeling better. I just read your article in Spin-off. What a very interesting article it was! I really enjoyed it! They included a link to your blog at the end, and so, here I am!
    Thank you,
    Kim Ramey
    California, USA

    1. Welcome to Needle and Spindle Kim! I am so glad you have decided to visit after reading the article. That can only be a good sign! Are you a spinner for knitting or weaving or something else? When I finally get my hands on a hard copy, I will do a little post and include some other links you might find interesting so stay tuned!

  11. Wow! Congratulations on the Spin-Off article. That is a big feather in the handmade cap, Rebecca.

    Thinking of you as I sun dye some embroidery thread in coffee and iron. Your wayside posts have had an inspiring effect.

    1. Thanks Kate. I am so thrilled to have something published with Spin.Off. When I first started reading Spin.Off, I barely understood anything but was entranced with the promise of exciting knowledge just out of reach. How interesting that you are dyeing for embroidery…wool or cotton? Have you ever spun with hand spun embroidery yarns? Apparently English Leicester (that I used in Waysides) makes a grand thread. I haven’t tried it yet but would be very interested in your thoughts.

      1. Glad you asked! I’m dyeing linen thread. It’s what I had on hand, but now I think I will slip some wool in that jar thanks to your prompt. I’ll let you know what develops.

  12. So pleased you are recovering and are feeling well enough to blog. You have been missed. Please go slowly, it is so tempting once on the road to recovery to try and get back to normal as quickly as you can. Congratulations on your article, you must be thrilled.

  13. Yes I spin for knitting, weaving, and pure enjoyment! I’m currently working on two projects. Both my first 3 ply sock yarns. One is on spindles and the other an e-spinner. I’m in the middle of plying them both. On the spindles is Cheviot and on the wheel is Masham.

    1. Sock spinning must be in the air at the moment. I have some 3 ply sock spins to share soon. I do admire how you cover the variety of spinning tech available with a spindle spun sock yarn and and e-spinner! Thanks for sharing your spinning with us Kim!

      1. Well I really prefer my e-spinner! But I can take my spindles to work with me and spin small amounts during down times, ( I’m an X-ray tech). So I just keep my spindle in my pocket. The amount I can spin at any break is small, but it adds up.

  14. Oh no Pneumonia! I’m glad you’re on the mend. Congratulations on the publication, I’m sure there will be more articles in the future, you always have such interesting things to say and share. Love the chicken photos!!

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