356 – Escape

Heather

Mother, knitter, spinner, writer, wife, weaver, host...not necessarily in that order...

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10 Responses

  1. Karen (TetaKnits) says:

    I’m behind (as always) and enjoying the book! Re–the intro – I’ve been doing some research and the recommendation for Intros is 60 seconds.

    Stay with what has worked!

  2. Catherine says:

    I voted for Keep As-Is because I think the current intro is fine, but I don’t feel invested in it–a new intro could be great, too. However, I wanted to tell you that right now I’m listening to an interview with Cecil Baldwin of Welcime to Nightvale, and he said that their podcast gets complaints about the length of the intro, too. Nightvale isn’t planning to change it.

  3. Ruth says:

    Hey Heather, thanks so much for the podcasts! I’ve subscribed for over a year but due to living in Montana with poor cell and internet coverage I was unable to listen as often as I’d like. I’ve finally caught up with North and South and am on to begin Bleak House. Wanted to let you know you’ll keep me company out of doors in my “war on weeds” and in the evenings as I knit a swirl jacket. I tried to enter a vote of “no change” on your poll for the intro but I’m not sure it was tallied. Anyway, it’s not broke so don’t fix it! 😉 thanks again for keeping my brain engaged as I do reparative work! Ruth

    • Heather says:

      Yay! Thank you, Ruth! I’m so glad I can get a little gardening in, I’ve been missing it. Now I feel better.
      ;D
      And OOoooooh! I can’t wait to see what you think of Bleak House!

  4. Caroline says:

    RSS feed seems to have waked up! Yay!

  5. Heather, a propos of the mill machinery, one of the things we have to remember is that none of it was run by electricity. The power came either from a steam engine, which was probably the case in Milton, or from a river. The engine or the water wheel turned a large drive shaft that ran through the whole mill, and then everything else was driven by belts that were attached or disengaged by hooks or pulleys. You didn’t ever shut down that drive shaft except for a strike or some other catastrophic event.

    If you’re looking for a day trip, check to see if the grist mill in Hopewell, NJ is still open in some form. The mill dates back to colonial times, and although it is no longer in operation, the last I knew the machinery was still there (I had heard that a restaurant had been opened there, but that information is several years old). You can also see the mill chase, which was like a mini-canal, that provided water to turn the water wheel. Because the mill is so old, all the machinery was made of wood and it was never modernized. Somewhere in my belongings is a replacement gear tooth for that mill; my great-uncle owned it for a time. That tooth is about the size of a large soft drink cup.

    Another place to visit that is more directly textile related is the American Textile Museum in Lowell, MA. They have some of the old machinery and videos that explain how it worked. They also have samples of fibers from linen to silk to Kevlar. I spent half a day there and didn’t see half of it but my feet wouldn’t tolerate any more. The American Quilt Museum is just down the street, so there’s a lot to see in a small area. And that whole part of town that used to be the mill area has now been converted to loft apartments and small shops and all sorts of artsy-craftsy goodness.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Heather, I’m a desperate woman. I had to factory reset my Android phone, but now I cannot find the CraftLit app in the Google Play Store. Help. I’ve tried all sorts of variations on the name but my favorite podcast in the world is eluding my search.