UPDATED: Jan. 19, 2015 11:15 p.m. Eastern time.

I write this with a heavy heart. My last two weeks have been spent with my uncle, Frank Glazer, who died Jan. 13 at the age of 99 in hospice care in Maine. Frank was a remarkable concert pianist, teacher, WWII veteran and professor of piano at Bates College. He gave the Carnegie Hall premieres of works by Stravinsky and Copland. He played as soloist with major symphonies all over the world. He still performed and taught and had an extraordinary program planned for a series of concerts in four states to celebrate his 100th birthday which would have been next month. We were blessed to have the support of Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick, ME, which was well-equipped and trained to shift him to hospice care and help us make his departure so comfortable and affirming. Click here for one of the stories about him.

So please forgive me if I can't respond to your technical questions for the next few weeks. I have finally gotten a bit of sleep but my spirit needs a bit of time. Janet can help.

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Winter Returns...Maybe?


We’re under a freezing rain watch...welcome back to winter

“Winter” here in Virginia is the antithisis of everything that I grew up calling it...there’s lots of browns, lots of mush, lots of 50's that turn to 20's at nite, one day it’s raining, the next it’s 80's and there’s a ‘cold front’ coming thru. Winter, growing up in New Hampshire, meant that by Halloween you were wearing layers and moon boots, and the snow shovels were about to get used some time before Thanksgiving, unless it was a ‘bad year’ and you’d already used them before Halloween, in which case the best (or worst?) industry to be in was the tire business and selling salt bags on the side

I love snow, it means “sleep” to me for my extensive gardens, for the farm that I’m currently living on with my husband & two cats who I call my ungratefuls, because they are. I also have both silver phoenix & americauna chickens, peacocks & narragansett turkeys, whose loyalties are fleeting as long as I’m keeping their dishes full. My gardens need to sleep, as everything does at some point, & while they’re sleeping, I get the exhilaration of seeing what else I can cram into them come spring.

Twenty Years Of "A Hobby Gone Astray"

C'mon, admit it...unless you learned from someone in your family, your curiosity got the better of you. You were watching that wheel spinning and wondering how to do that yourself, you saw the warp and thought of a color or texture combination that would look best for you. The brain is an interesting organism, and when it sets out the fishing line, with that hook that whispers "I could do that", it's difficult to resist, isn't it?

Jan. Issue of The Voice, YWP's digital magazine

Hello Spinners, Weavers & Knitters,

I thought you might enjoy this month's The Voice, the digital magazine of Young Writers Project. Great writing, sound, images and video from young writers all over Vermont and, now, from different parts of the U.S. (If you know some kids who might be interested, feel free to pass along the link to our site: youngwritersproject.org) -- geoff





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Is your mama a Llama

Is Your Mama a Llama?


As a former school teacher, that is the first thing that came to my mind as I pulled out the bags of Llama I'm spinning for a friend. She spins herself, so this is more for me to get more experience with different fibers. I've been slowly working on spinning as many fleeces as possible, first by themsleves, to really learn the true nature of that  fiber. Now it's Llamas' turn.


Adventures In Finding New Means And Ways For My Paltry Paycheck

    What’s there not to love about a season that was made for spinners?
    I came into spinning by accident, literally. I was wandering through the Washington State Fair searching for the draft horse barn, where we were going to meet our first draft filly, whom we’d put a deposit down on

Forrester Personal Spindles

I have just received 24 more of Tom's Personal, one of a kind spindles.  I'm slowly putting them up so come back often to view what is there.  Here is the link to these great creations.  http://the-wheel-thing.com/products/Spindles/forrester.html


Thanks for looking



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