First of all, we wanted to introduce ourselves a little more formally.

Beau Jackson has been a software developer for over 10 years.  He works with software in the insurance field right now, and enjoys the complexity and challenge that represents.  A farmer at heart, he likes caring for the animals, driving his tractor and sometimes getting it stuck.  He is quite handy around the house, and is almost always willing to take up one of Allena's hair-brained schemes.  Spindle And Wheel was one such brain child, and he is responsible for most of the technical set up and management of the site.  He also writes a few articles, and is learning how to spin and knit, and over the years has been very supportive of Allena's hobbies.

Beau's Picture

Allena graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a BFA in Painting.  Because the oil paints she loves are so difficult to clean up, and potentially dangerous to her 4 children, she was looking for another way to explore and create.  Quilting, smocking, embroidery, knitting and sewing became her creative outlook.  Innocently buying a CD spindle and 4 oz of wool sent her plummeting  headlong, and she owns sheep, spins her own yarn and is now a full fledged fiber addict.

Allena's Picture

Beau and Allena have 4 children ranging in age from 9 months to 13 years old, and live a quiet life, sort of, on a farm located in central Missouri.  Their small farm is home to a hodge podge of critters, and has been named The Three Ring Ranch, because of the somewhat circus-like occurrences.   They have shared their life happily for 15 years, and look forward to what the future holds.

Now we can get on to the important part, the issue!  Never in our wildest dreams did we think that Spindle And Wheel would have this much success with its very first issue.  In two months we received just over 16,000 visitors!  Our success didn't slow us down, in fact we have an even bigger and better issue this time (or so we think) Laughing

We're very excited to publish our second issue, it's been a lot of work, but a labor of love.  We're pleased to announce we now have two new editors on the Spindle And Wheel team - Michelle Powell-Smith and Diane Mulholland.  Michelle is from Strafford, Missouri in the U.S.A. and Diane is from London, UK.  Both are long time fiber enthusiasts and pattern writers.  Welcome Michelle and Diane!

In the last issue, we said that we would be publishing quarterly, but we've decided to try publishing every other month instead.  We feel that this will help us to keep up with trends, and most importantly provide you with more information.

We also would like to announce that Spindle And Wheel is now offering advertising opportunities.  We’ve set up a page where you can display a graphical ad for your business or web site.  Please see the information page about advertising with us for more information.  We want to point out that if you have a submission accepted for Spindle and Wheel you will receive one of these for free.

We want to make sure everyone knows that we also release the EXTRA EXTRA articles weekly. We missed a few trying to get issue 2 ready for you, but in the future we hope to plan a little better, and release something new each week, so be sure and check back with us often.  You can also keep tabs on what's going on by checking our new blog where we talk about what we are working on, and the plans that are in the works.  It is also a place for you to help make some decisions and talk about what you would like to see on the site.

Finally, we’d like to remind you that there are just five days left to sign up for the Fiber Frenzy.  It’s a great opportunity to make fiber friends around the world, and to get some neat stuff!  The connection you make with another spinner can kick off a friendship that will last a lifetime.

Thank you all for your continued support and encouragement, we are just thrilled with the participation.  Never fear, we will to continue to improve and fine tune the site, as well as add new features and fun stuff. If you haven't already, we encourage you to register with us, and be assured that your email will not be given out, and we will only send out occasional announcements.  Please continue to post links to us, and spread the word, so that we can reach our goal of creating a strong online community of spinners, knitters, crocheters, felters and weavers, all working towards the goal of sharing information, making friends and spreading the love of fiber.

Thanks again for your support,

Beau and Allena Jackson