June 02, 2009

The Limits of Book Learning

Arranged by category, the principal spinning fibers are...Mineral: asbestos...Natural fibers are formed either on the back of some animal, on a plant, in the ground (as in the case of asbestos), or by animal extrusion (as in the case of silk). Man has simply to harvest them.

Allen Fannin, Handspinning: Art & Technique, New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1981, p. 12.

Okay, um, note to self, do not harvest asbestos.

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