(If you see anything odd here in the next week or so, it’s just me testing out a new theme.)

Finished one of the Bittersweet mittens on Sunday, here it is posing with George, my pet roving:

Mitten and George.

I made some changes to the pattern (start with 4 less stitches, add ribbing, increase after ribbing, different increase for the thumb, slightly shorter hand) and I love it! The Morehouse Merino yarn is so lovely to work with I didn’t even mind having to rip the thing out twice to get the wrist sizing right. The yarn is undyed, made from blending fleece from black sheep and white sheep. If I learn to produce something like this I will be very happy!

What is a good book for a beginner spindle spinner? "Spinning for Dummies" hasn’t been written yet, and I want something with lots of clear pictures. What would you recommend? And is there a better name than "spindle spinner"? What’s the collective noun for spinners? A twist of spinners? A draft of spinners? Anyone?