Ideas and proposals

I’m in New Mexico. I’m not supposed to be here, but here I am. I had a fantastic weekend with the Las Aranas guild, spinning and braving the snow and ice covered roads (in New Mexico!). While I was here I received the most amazing indigo-dyed gossamer shawl I’ve ever had the luck to fold in half and drape around my shoulders.  Knit by mara bishop statnekov, I can’t take it off.  Ever.  As kind as it is beautiful.

I was supposed to be home early this morning.  I was supposed to leave tomorrow morning for Iceland, with a 3 hour layover in Denver. Instead, and due to the ice here in NM and in TX, I’m meeting Levi and O (my 8-year old daughter) in Denver tomorrow and then off to Iceland.  It’s all going to be fine.  It is.  I know it.

And Iceland is going to be fantastic. I can hardly wait.  I’m teaching for 2 days, giving a talk at the art school, and touring for 5 days. While I’m there, the Leicester issue will be winging it’s way to you.  You’re going to love it, I think.  I love it.  I know I always say that, but I do.

But while I’m captured by ice in New Mexico, I’d like to talk about something.

Years ago, I used to hear a few people grumble with frustration that they’d propose article ideas to Spin Off and then later they’d see their article idea in the magazine but written by somebody else. They would say that it wasn’t fair or nice that the magazine would take their proposal and get somebody else to write it. Of course, I thought that wasn’t fair or nice too. Who wouldn’t? It’s only now that I realize that was probably not at all what was really happening.

I say this because I have some personal experience with this very thing. Every issue I get (thankfully) lots and lots of proposals. Sometimes over 200. It’s wonderful and the reason the magazine is so great. However, out of those 200 proposals, there might be 100 that are actually different. What I mean is that the same general proposal will come in from 5 or 6 people. It won’t be exact, of course, but it’ll be the same in spirit. And so if it’s an article that enriches the issue, that makes it big and round and awesome, I’ll ask one of the authors that proposed it, to write it.

What that means is that several other people will later see the article in the magazine. It will look like the article they proposed, and it is, but it’s also the article the author of the article proposed.

Spinning is an old craft. Spinners are brilliant. It makes sense that several of us come up with the same ideas about a particular topic, right?

So, just in case you were wondering, and because I hate the idea of people going around feeling sad, or thinking that we don’t like them, or even that we’re not nice or fair, let me assure you, we don’t ever take one person’s idea and ask another person to write it. Not ever. I’m pretty sure that Spin Off doesn’t do it either.




5 replies
  1. Lynda
    Lynda says:

    Thank you for the discussion on article proposal similarities. I had this very thing happen a few years ago to me. What you brought up with looking back makes sense now. So thank you.
    On a different note, as you are headed to Iceland, here is something to ponder. Would you ever consider creating and leading a Spinning group to Iceland? I know I would love to go as would others if the trip did not have a $5k price tag 🙂 As travelers, we could have mini workshops maybe even taught by some of us????
    Just a thought, as I took a traveling art workshop years ago and the coordinator took advantage (a good thing) of our talents along the way.
    Anyway, have a safe trip.. waiting to hear about your wonderful experience upon your return.

  2. cookgoalie
    cookgoalie says:

    Our daughter was in Iceland last year. She rates it a Must Do. I lovingly knitted her a hat which she lost at the Reykjavik airport (due to being so ill at that moment) so if you see a ‘pretty blue tramping hat’ lying around claim it.

    Loving your magazine. One of my challenges this year is to knit sock weight yarn. Ordered the back issues and found the exact articles I needed in ‘Twist’. Am using the lovely lace by Linda Carlton for my present sock project.

    Safe travels.

  3. Suellen
    Suellen says:

    Iceland is on my MUST VISIT list for one day. A spinnine tour group might just be the thing.

    Can’t wait for the next issue. Any luck it will come with the last as I am one of the few still waiting for the last issue 🙁


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