Things to do when you can’t sleep: xxxix

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xxxix : Mourn the lost art of the skein-holder

The skilled skein-holder sways the wool before you, adjusting their pace imperceptibly to your winding for a continuous feed of yarn, with no tension in the thread or sudden catches.  They do half the work for you.  The one person in the family who still knows how to do this is not available at 5 am.

Chairs do not have these skills, and the resulting ball lacks the beautiful regularity one can attain when there is an IQ at the other end of the wool.  Today it will have to do.

Baby alpaca and mulberry silk, by the way, for those of you who like to know such things.

Baby alpaca and mulberry silk, by the way, for those of you who like to know such things.

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  1. I learnt, only last night when I should have been sleeping, and courtesy of a recorded episode of Michael Portillo’s Great British Railway Journeys, that philanthropist and industrialist Titus Salt was the driving force behind introducing alpaca wool to this country. A small coincidence, but noteworthy nonetheless.

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