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Spinning Yarn:
In the Freezer!

Spinning Yarn|AK CoolroomsMy second practice for spinning Yarn in Antarctic Summer conditions took place on September 30th 2010 at AK Coolrooms in Keilor. They very kindly supported the cause by charging no hire fee and preparing the freezer for a temperature of -18°C. Thankfully the shelving was also removed.

Kept company by Richard Wheatland, who also kept vigil by the phone and who checked on me every 20 minutes, I began spinning yarn using some brown wooltop, working this time on how I would use my hands. This was intriguing me, because, as a rule, spinning yarn needs the feel of the fibres through the fingers – this is how the spinner assesses the thickness of fibre to put through the machine -- and bare skin at -18°C would NOT be advisable!

For the two and a half hours I was in the freezer spinning yarn, I trained my fingers to feel the fibre THROUGH the gloves that I wore as a liner under the Spinning Yarn| Cool Spin Freezerfingerless gloves. It took concentration, but it seemed to work.

The phone rang for interviews, so the papers were interested. It is a big thing to go to Antarctica, but even bigger be spinning yarn in the local freezer!

When Simon came to take pictures for The AGE, we had an interesting time setting up how it would be done,,, and we were very pleased with the results.

The newspaper interviews followed, and then ABC Radio the next morning. Ever sisnce, the print media have been following the story of spinning yarn in the freezer.

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