This is an author with revolutionary theories on handspinning, as well as a bent toward political agendas. I really enjoyed reading this book, it was completely hilarious. I really enjoyed how serious this author was with her revolutionary and artistic ideas toward spinning. I had just finished the book, Spin Control, how to spin with a purpose to get the yarn you want/need for a project, so this book talking about letting the fiber tell you what it wants to be, is quite the change. This book actually reminds me of a psychology teacher I had in college.
She was supposed to be teaching us about gender studies. She spoke about how breasts are just lumps of fat, so she shouldn’t feel bad that she doesn’t have any (her words, not mine). She spoke about how she spent some time wearing a fur coat she found at a salvation army until she realized that one of the people she was trying to impress probably donated the coat in the first place. She also showed us one of those videos that PETA tries to propagate about how chickens are treated in One of the companies. I had the audacity to ask what this had to do with gender studies, she fluffed it off, something about how men treat women. The only class I ever came close to failing.
Needless to say this author and her very artistic ideals trigger some bad memories. Despite this, she does have some good ideas, and decent descriptions for creating various yarns. She does say in the beginning of this book that you need to be able to create a balanced yarn before you can begin breaking the rules. She does always seem to be breaking every rule and since most of the yarn she creates on purpose looks a lot like early mistakes, it really does make a person wonder how much is justification…but to recreate things over and over you have to have some skill.
This is certainly a book to get your creative juices flowing, and if you are conservative have a good laugh at the same time.