Spinning a tale with Rachael

The love started yesterday…if you’re wondering what’s going on today, take a peek!

The lucky winner of yesterday’s “Name the book you’d write”, chosen by Rachael herself, is “Needle Me Knot, Little old ladies using unique methods to kill.” She loved both the title and the premise.  Although it was DIFFICULT to pick, sez she. Winner is Sherry from Idaho. Congrats, Sherry — you’ll be receiving a copy of Rachael’s brand-new book, HOW TO KNIT A HEART BACK HOME!

And now, onto day 2 of the week of Looooooove!


Rachael and the cat of her heart, Digit*

Knitty: Your first novel was full of sheep and fiber and spinning!…but nothing in book two. Will it return?

Rachael: The spinning comes back in the third book, WISHES AND STITCHES (out in October). In fact, we see Eliza spinning, and the fiber she spins becomes integral to the plot (and hides a secret). And hey, I just learned to weave on my darling little Schacht Cricket loom! So there’s nothing saying that weaving won’t play a role somewhere, someday soon…..

K: Do you spin? What wheel(s) do you have?

R: I am passionate about spinning, although I’m only intermediate at it. The more classes I take, the more I realize that I’m a production spinner more than anything else. While the action is soothing, I really love having the finished product (I’m similar in knitting this way, too). I’m fast, and I use the long-draw method. I have two wheels, both Ashfords (my mother was from the town they’re from, Ashburton, New Zealand): a Joy and a Traditional. I’d love a Majacraft someday—I think they’re lovely.

K: What are you spinning right now?

R: Ooooh, I’m spinning a GORGEOUS yellow-brown merino/silk batt from Lisa Souza. I’m addicted to her batts. Now there’s something I can spin without worrying about what I’m going to make from it—I just love spinning her stuff. Such colors! Such softness! (However, now that I think of it, I believe I’m going to spin it up and use it as the weft in a scarf with a dark brown warp. Oh, YUM.)

*One of the most amazing things I’ve ever read was the day that Rachael’s cat Digit, lost for months and thought dead, came home. You must read it.


Today, we’ve got a copy of Rachael’s new book for another lucky KnittyBlog reader!

This time, to win, leave a comment to this post by Tuesday, March 8th, at midnight, eastern time. In your comment, tell us what you’d name the heroine of the novel you’ve always wanted to write. Rachael will pick her favorite and that lucky person will win a copy of HOW TO KNIT A HEART BACK HOME. Good luck, y’all, and stay tuned…we’ve got prizes every day this week with a special big surprise on Friday, and lots more Rachael!


How would you combine these colors?

Jillian sez: There will be more spinning fun next week. I’ll be continuing my investigations into marling. I want to explore how to use natural colors to make a variegated colorway go further and how to blend two colorways to create depth of color. Anything you’d like to see?

*Spread the joy!*

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141 thoughts on “Spinning a tale with Rachael

  1. Leslie A

    Nora, my pug, is my hero. She’s helped me through so much. Therefore, I would name the heroine Nora. Of course, she would also have a pug because pugs are so snuggly and they love to root around in yarn!

  2. Tamar D.

    Marlowe Glass. I actually started writing something with her a couple years ago but it fell apart, and now I think I’d like to frog it and start anew!

  3. Crystal

    Shirley Lemain (oh, I hope that’s not the name of someone famous, I don’t keep track of the famous peoples)

  4. AlisoninOZ

    My current story has a heroine called Daisy Holland – she is named after my godmother’s Romany (Gypsy) mother. When my parents married she predicted they would have 2 daughters – I was born six years later and my sister 20 months after that (2 daughters, no sons). My fictional Daisy is sweet but unpredictable.
    A Viking story I am writing has a heroine called Feena (I have no idea where that came from, she just told me what she was called). A story set in Saxon England has a heroine called Ailith. My characters pick their own names sometimes and sometimes I force a name on them (sometimes they rebel – the hero of the Viking story was supposed to be called Viljhalm – he didn’t like that, and chose another name).
    Finding the right name for my characters is half the fun of writing stories!

  5. Linda L.

    I considered writing a novel where the hero’s name was Charlie Sheen, but I don’t do hysterical fiction.

  6. Debbie

    September Lee. One of my daughter’s childhood friends has that name and I always liked it and her. Besides, September is my birth month.

  7. Michelle

    My heroine would be named Ariadne, her friends might call her Addie for short. This name was recently used in the movie Inception, but I loved it long before the movie came out.

  8. Leah

    Stella Rose– my great grandmother’s name, from whom I’ve received something hand knit or crocheted every year since my birth.
    She is a wild woman who lived near a Native American Reservation in the 30s where she fell in love and came home alone but with a turquoise engagement ring. *sigh*

  9. Renee

    Julia Morgan, even though it is a real person’s name. She has always fascinated me== a woman in a man’s field, succeeding because of her ability, her vision, and her courage. But what about her personal life, her witnessing of the excesses of the 20th century and what it meant to her? That would be the book I would want to write. And congratulations to Rachael, from one Mills grad to another.

  10. Tish

    Timothy (Timmi) O’Rourk, who wears red high top Chuck Taylors and worn Levis and drives a beat up old pick-up truck that she maintains herself (because before I let my daughters drive my old truck they had to show me that they could change the tires and the oil so I couldn’t expect any less from a heroine could I?).

  11. rcat

    Elliane a archaeologist come home to care for elderly relative and ends up solving mysteries in community, People who know her best call her “Hellion”

  12. KathyR

    If it was set in Ireland I think I would name my heroine Aibhlinn (Ave-leen) – love the name, for some reason. Otherwise, she would be Eliza (not Doolittle, though!).

  13. Wyldchai

    Her name is Elisandre. Don’t blame her for the length; when you are a princess your parents name you something traditional that sounds good when announced by chamberlains at state events. She prefers to go by Lissa for short, and her adventure begins when she is eaten by a dragon. (And no, it’s not a ghost story!)

  14. Lizz

    I was a NaNoWriMo winner for six years straight, plus I wrote a few novels outside of November… and then I met my SO and starting knitting and they began to eat up all of my time! The last book I started to plan out had a main character Britta Nimmons, who worked in a chocolate shop, and begins the book with the discovery of her best friend’s corpse.

  15. Sofia

    I’ve been trying to write a story about a girl named Gertrude. I never did give her a last name, but if she had one it would be something German and guttural sounding.

  16. CaroleP (ohio

    Flora, my late grandma taught me to knit. She was born in Germany, with a bit of *white witch in her, but could be very creative!.

    *as in nice, not evil

  17. emilou

    Flossie Moon (nee Snow). Turn of the century rural Ohio. 1920s. Divorced from Blackfoot Indian husband, Floyd. Raising 3 little girls on her own in the country while traveling into town for work — sometimes staying away for a week at a time.

    She was my great grandmother and that is the only story I know about her. She — and her amazing name — have always been of great fascination to me.

  18. Ebee

    I came up with the name Erinelle a while ago. Although I have yet to seriously use it in a “novel”, I daresay I’ll use it someday. 😉

  19. Missy

    Eva Ann MacAllister
    Eva is my Gramie’s name, and she was the first knitter in my life, and is still one of the most awesome people I know. I hope to be just like her when I am older.

    Ann is my middle name, my Mom’s middle name, and my maternal grandmother’s middle name. Though I don’t know my grandmother well, my Mom is the other ‘most awesome’ person in my life, and someone else I hope to be like!

    MacAllister is my mother-in-law’s maiden name, and I just like the sound of it! She is the person who taught me to knit! I tell everyone I won the marriage lottery because not only is my hubby fantastic, I have the greatest in-laws ever!

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