These spools of yarn can weigh anywhere between 3 to 50 pounds depending on how long how long it's run. Lifting 30 40 or 50 pounds on a 12 hour shift is backbreaking work. I worked in a yarn mill for 40 years, so believe me I know.
This is a really interesting book that teaches a mill worker the basic (and not so basic) math skills needed to do their job. By Thomas H. Quigley and W.S. Smith. Printed in 1954. Dedicated to James Fayette Cannon.
Gurdy Run Woolen Mill and Farm | Halifax in Pennsylvania is we have Where.'s yarns spun and felt made up. Owners and farmers Lydia and John have their own flock as well as woolen mill. They are always trying new ways to spin fiber as well as beautiful projects to make with that fiber.
This middle grade novel by Elizabeth Winthrop, is about a girl in 1910 who is pulled out of school to work in the local textile mill. The author describes living in small town in Vermont and working in the mill with extraordinary detail. Grace even gets to meet Lewis Hine, the real life crusader/photographer who took the photo on the book's cover.This was a beautiful story that made me cry.