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I’m finishing up one of the stranger packing-for-a-trip jobs I’ve ever done.

My suitcase is literally more than half full of spindles and fiber. Usually, I’d only take a few, but this trip is different. I’m heading to Colorado for a week working on step-by-step photography for my book, forthcoming from Interweave Press this fall.

I’ve already sent a slew of spindles off for photography, but clearly, not enough. Big spindles, little spindles, fancy spindles, rustic spindles, antique spindles, new spindles, materials for spindles… it’s sheer madness, I tell you. Looking at the whole thing, I don’t know what I was thinking.

I realized immediately I was going to need the big suitcase, the hard-sided one. This is not my favourite suitcase to travel with. I mean, it’s fine. But really, I’d rather be taking the lightweight small one that I could carry on or gate check. Except of course, I can’t go that route because I always take small sharp tools. So it’s just as well, because I really did need the space to cram full of spindles and fiber and hope I’m not forgetting anything.

I’m simultaneously nervous and excited about this trip. Nervous, because it’s an intensive photo shoot where I’m going to perform perhaps every single spindle trick I know, in a studio, on command, being photographed — and because it’s, you know, for a BOOK. Writing a book has been a totally fascinating process so far, and it’s definitely not over. It’s almost nothing like I expected, except for where it’s exactly like I thought it would be. It’s definitely consumed the vast majority of my coherent writing deal-o-trons for the past… when did I start this? Last summer. So since last summer. So I’m eager to be done and have the gumption to blog regularly again. But yeah, so I’m partly nervous — because this is another whole big step in the book-writing process, and this one, I just have no clue at all what it’ll be like. What I do have is lots of faith in the great team of folks at Interweave Press who are working on this project with me.

And yes, I’m excited — because it’s also a great trip to a major hotbed of fiber activity in Colorado. I’ll get to spend a little time with a few of my favourite folks in the fiber world, and visit some fabulous fiber places, like Shuttles, Spindles and Skeins, and Schacht. (Note to self: don’t forget good camera.)

And then too, I’m also nervous — because hey, this is a step closer to being done with this book, a step closer to it becoming a reality, and that’s both exciting and intimidating. Plus exciting! It’s going to be great to have this book, a truly spindle-focused book, out there. And I’m loving the fact that it’ll be my hands — just like in all of Interweave’s present lineups, the author’s hands are the ones doing the demonstrating. I find that so tremendously valuable as a book reader. And that’s another thing — I’m simultaneously a little hard on my hands because I use them so much, and totally overprotective of them. I’ve been being a major weenie around the house for the past few weeks actually saying things like “No, my hands have to LOOK GOOD for my photo shoot!” and cursing every ragged cuticle that crops up in winter weather. So what did I just do, packing? Bent back my index fingernail on my left hand latching my suitcase full of carefully-packed spindles and fiber and oh yeah, a few pieces of clothes (some of those are even “wardrobe”). It better not leave a bruise.

My editor has said to me several times, “Hey, you’re the one who’s always telling me how much you like seeing real, working hands!” And she’s right, I do. So I’m just going to go triplecheck my lists, make sure I’ve got everything, and get this show on the road. Wish me luck!

45 thoughts on “Packing…

  1. I can’t wait until your book comes out! Good luck with the photo shoot (as if you need it…)

  2. Good luck, have fun, and let us know when we can pre-order!

  3. Safe journey. Fingers crossed that the airline doesn’t lose the suitcase.

    *happy dance of BOOK anticipation*

  4. That’s so exciting! I wish you well, and can’t wait to see the Book.

  5. You have to go to the brewpub that is next to Shuttles, Spindles and Skeins!!!! Great burgers and rootbeer. I assume the beer is good too 🙂

  6. Good luck with your air line travel. We went to North Dakota for Christmas and one piece of our lugage was not only lost for awhile but when returned completely destroyed. When it finally found us it was tied together with ropes. We did some of our clothing back but that’s about it. It was fabric and got caught under on of the transport carts.
    Can’t wait to see your book.

  7. Good luck! Let us know when we can get your book!

  8. Gluck! I’m so farkin’ glad you’re finally going to have your own book. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy already =D

  9. Is it wrong that I’m laughing at how relatively short this post is? 😉 Have fun storming the castle!!

  10. Good luck! I hope you have a great and productive trip. 🙂

  11. I’m definitely excited for you to start blogging regularly again, not that I’m not also excited for the book! You’re my internet spinning teacher, and I’ve been missing you.

  12. Honestly, if the spindles and fiber are pretty enough we will all be mesmerized and
    no one will notice any minor bruising on your fingers. Wishing a safe journey for your luggage and you.

  13. Best of luck to you. Looking forward to your book. I “love” spindle spinning!

  14. Good luck Abby! I’ve been on the editor side of sxs shoots how many times? I can’t even remember. But being on the author side was STILL different than I expected. It was surreal, wonderful, terrible, exhausting, elating, etc. Enjoy it as best you can and GET PLENTY OF SLEEP EVERY NIGHT. I cannot emphasize this enough.

    Good luck, good luck, good luck. And let me know when I can come play and hear all about it!

  15. Ohh exciting!! Good Luck with everything. 🙂

  16. Good luck, Abby! I hope that everything works well! I’m glad to hear that you’ve been busy with a book and that maybe, just maybe we’ll get to hear more of your fibery fun-ness on-line in the future!

  17. I hope this whole preparation experience has helped you avoid doing some dishes! :o)

    Good luck and have FUN!

  18. Good luck,have fun and I can’t wait to see the book. Yey for you!

  19. Sounds sorta like being near the end of a pregnancy.

  20. Good luck! Have fun!

  21. If you do bruise, wear it with pride. Earned in a good cause — A BOOK FROM ABBY!!!! OH BOY OH BOY OH BOY!!!!

  22. This is going to be a great year for spinning books! I’m so excited! Good luck at the shoot. And have fun!

  23. I love books with real pictures of work being done. And I would love a blog photo of this huge suitcase of spindles. (So jealous!)

    I want your book today. Thank you for giving up a huge chunk of your time to put it all on paper. When do we get to hold it in our hands?

  24. ¡Buena suerte! 😀

  25. I am really looking forward to you book coming out 🙂

  26. Good luck! But more important: Have a ball!

    Abby, I am so happy for you!

  27. Good luck! Looking forward to your book!

  28. Abby, just as long as your hands are functioning, the photos will be fantastic. I didn’t know you were working on a book, but it’s about time! I love love love to use spindles — all types (well, the Turk and I are having difficulties with cultural differences, apparently) and I want to know everything about all the worlds’ spindles and technique. I’m so excited that you are working on this!

  29. Good luck! Have a fab time 🙂 and say hello to the Interweave basement for me!

  30. Your book coming out has to be the most fabulous news ever! Unbeknownst to you, you’ve been my spinning teacher/mentor. 8)
    Can’t wait to see the book!

  31. Have a safe trip and I’m sure your hands will be great in the pictures!! 🙂

  32. Have a wonderful time! Can’t wait for the book!

  33. Congratulations and good for you! Having taken your class at SOAR, I can say that I have every confidence your book will be a success. I’d be nervous as all get out too, but just remember that they asked you for a reason. I’m really looking forward to seeing the book.

    Have fun on your trip. 🙂

  34. Aw, Abby, you don’t need luck. All you need is a little practice with relaxing and trusting in what your hands know! You will have so much fun!

  35. Have a great trip—-and yes what you have been told about SOAR “in the past” is true.I have the paper work to prove it. 🙂

  36. Viel Glück! bonne chance! In bocca al lupo!

  37. I am *so* looking forward to reading your book! I would have read anything from you, but I’m really happy that this book’s focus is on spindle spinning. Have fun doing the photo shoot! Those pictures will be hugely useful.

  38. You’ve been tagged for a Kreativ blog award over at Thanks for all the “spinning geek” posts! And, good luck with the book. Can’t wait.

  39. Bonne chance! and may you have wings on your fingers.
    Like Anne said, “A BOOK ~oh boy!oh boy!”; I know just who will receive a copy [besides me].

  40. Wow you’re doing a book! I’ll be watching for it.
    At the shoot remember its only the camera eye looking at you and just do you’re own thing. Enjoy the experience.

  41. Welcome to Colorado! especially Larimer County.

  42. Anyone who is thinking about what your hands look like rather than what your hands have done and are doing isn’t worth consideration. IMnsHO.

    If I danced, I’d be doing a happy dance of book anticipation.

  43. That is really cool. I look forward to the book!

  44. Best of luck with the photo shot. This is my first comment here. I’m a beginning spinner who knows no other spinners (I’m in Ireland, people don’t spin much here). Your blog, you tube videos and posts on Ravelry have been such a huge help to me.

    I’m very excited to hear you will have a book on spindle spinning. It will be wonderful to have all that wisdom collected in one place. I’ll be buying it the moment it comes out!

  45. I feel like a thicko for not realising you were even working on a book. About time! 🙂

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