Susie Benitez; ACRE Student: From Fleece to Yarn

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This summer has been so much fun. I am honored to have been selected to do an ACRE this summer. I learned so much about the spinning and wool industry. It is amazing how much work goes into spinning a piece of yarn. I love to knit and often go to the local fabric/craft store to buy yarn. I walk in and see aisles of different types of yarn. Before this project, I never really thought about how it was made. After visiting farms, washing and carding fleece, and learning how to spin, I definitely gained a new appreciation for the art form. I enjoy spinning and feeling that I am taking part in a tradition that has gone on for thousands of years.

            I would definitely recommend doing an ACRE to any student in any field. The ACRE program gives you the opportunity to do something that you never thought you’d be doing. I have heard about people spinning, seen spinning wheels, and learned about fibers and yarns in class. Because of the ACRE program, I was able to delve into a subject that had always sparked my interest and learn a new skill. This experience has been very rewarding and it is one I will never forget.

If anyone would like to hear more about my experience, please feel free to contact me at susan.benitez001@albright.edu . Thanks for reading!

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