11/30/17: STAY TUNED. A recent count indicated I have 40 spots to fill or change on the sales pages - basically the whole thing. Expect updated pages "soon" - my schedule keeps slipping as I have very little stamina. Either I will have posted something before or after Christmas. If not, next year. I will announce on Spin-Sales list, here, and perhaps Ravelry when the next big sale items are posted. MOST OF THE SALES PAGE ITEMS ARE SOLD OUT AND NEED TO BE REPLACED.
Bill here. Officially, SpinningFiber, Inc. is closed and I am liquidating the inventory for Teressa on a D/B/A basis.
It's understandable that I'm not currently known for my highly rated circa 2005 Vermont Spindles. I've been working up to this since early this year. Artfully designed, superior engineering. Long spins.
VermontSpindle.com is barely open. There are some spindles from my personal collection up on the sales page. The site will be redesigned for functionality on phones through desktops.
My grand game plan is pushed back through 2018. I'm finally having minor knee surgery on December 11th, but will bounce back. I hope it will provide insight into what is the likely major problem -- the completely cracked cartilage. So far, this has been a ludicrous and painful experience. I've been awake for 24 hours after a 3 hour nap. Just pain and adrenaline. This throws me off. Plus, I dislike being non-productive.
I will be making some old and new designs as time/energy permits. It currently looks like I will have some holiday and/or January spindles completed.
The core focus will be on VermontSpindles. I will continue with Schacht and Majacraft wheels, and Strauch Drumcarders. Just a tiny bit of fiber to keep spindle "packing material" on-hand. I post on a Vermont Spindles Facebook page.
Thanks to everyone. I will miss all of the regulars, novices, experts, and referrals. Transitioning to early retirement has been lengthy, but I think I've got a groove well in the making.
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All the fibers you've come to know and love -- naturals, color merinos, obscure breeds, angora, silks, multicolor, synthetics and more. This year new fibers from around the world due in - most never before on sale in the US.
Teressa Hamlett-Mutschler and silent partner Jeanette Roth picked up the ashes of Copper Moose. Bill is an unpaid indentured typist, product specialist, & flunky–as promised–in the transition period.
In the "dark years", we got significant help from family plus private and local charitable organizations. We pledge 5% of profits to a local organization called H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Every Day.) We also donate each year to a Norris Cotton Cancer Center benefit.
I am an "animal whisperer" from dogs, goats, cows, you name it. We adopted two dwarf Nigerian goats, Tommy and Dukey (who were returned to the breeder!) Then we added two unwanted mixed breed goats, Otis and Milo.
I had a cow, Bella. I loved my cow, and always wll. She was rescued from a trip on the meat truck, as she was mixed breed. She arrived 3 days old and 60 lbs., on the front seat of Cody's Honda Civic. I still get to see her at an organic dairy farm next to my older sons' (Ben and Cody) rental house.
However, when she got to be 500+ lbs. and was rearing up on her hind legs in heat every few weeks (quicker than human women), safety minded (husband's coercion) sent her to be a mother. We joke that we are "Special Acres".
My experience is a career of helping children and families in need of social services. That is how I met Bill 11 years ago -- an assignment that I simply didn't want to go on. It lead to our friendship, and eventual marriage. My hobby-ist background is as a superb felter (according to others), weaver, and a rapidly evolving spinner.
I am disabled with a progressive disease known as A-S. .001% of the female U.S. population have spondylitis in general. (If my math is correct, I'll check). Next year will be my third pacemaker, and I'll glow in the dark!
Bill continues his spinning/fiber brain dump. "Retired", he has ramped up out of hibernation, mono-minded (in his multitrack way) on Vermont Spindles–classic designs, and "moving forward" He is creating spindles he dreamed up–and from a cursory survey doesn't think anyone else is doing. The kitchen has become a workshop. Wild stuff, with more to come. He had an art epiphany in January, 2017, and has also started 291.gallery (yes, that is a real web address).
Methodically making notes and lyrics for his third CD throughout 2016, he will "get around to it", with Mike Simmons of MARS Audio producing and engineering. NL-X.com. He says the new stuff will be "crunchy", with him (and possibly me!) singing–with effects that were previously not available. (Time-smearing, WTF?)
There are also endless projects fixing up our 150+ year old farmhouse. Family. Spindles, a small part photography/media art, and chomping at the bit for more NL-X music work. Goats. Goats take a lot of time.
He is happy. He says that life hasn't been better for as long as he can remember (then again, he is 29 years old times 2).