J: Hello everyone! Welcome to American Cafe!
J: On today's American Cafe we're going to visit my home state - West Virginia. 西维吉尼亚！
Y: Yeh! 说起西维吉尼亚，我们知道西维吉尼亚以风景优美，民风纯朴而著称。是一个旅游的好地方。
J: Exactly! In fact, Yang Chen, I recently went there on a visit. I went to an arts-and-crafts festival in a town called Rennick. And there, I met a woman named Jeannie.
Y: Arts-and-crafts就是工艺美术的意思. 那么Jeannie从事的是那一种工艺美术呐。
J: Well, when I met Jeannie she was sitting at an old fashioned spinning wheel spinning wool.
Y: Wow. 她会纺毛线。Um, 那她还会作什么？纺毛线似乎还不能算是工艺美术啊。
J: Well, you're right. But Jeannie not only spins the wool, she is involved in an amazing process that begins with raising sheep and ends with a piece of art that you can wear. Jeannie from West Virginia.
Jeannie: My name is Jeannie and I'm from Rennick, WV. I grew up outside of Pittsburgh, but I've lived here for over 30 years now.
Y: Jody, 我记得，你好象说过你小时候也在匹兹堡附近住过？
J: Yeah, you have a great memory. I grew up outside of Pittsburgh just like Jeannie. It is such a small world. Now, back to Jeannie.
Jeannie: And I had for years a farm with a little flock of Cotswold sheep. And so that's what I'm spinning today. Ah, It's kind of coarse wool compared to some but it's very easy spinning.
Y: Jeannie刚才说的 "Cotswold sheep"是什么？
(Enter sheep sounds)
J: Oh, Cotswold sheep, oh, Yang Chen, that is simply a type of sheep. But that's not the important part. The important part is that the wool is very coarse and therefore it's easy to spin.
J: Right. Coarse is spelled C-O-A-R-S-E.
J: Well, let's hear Jeannie explain.
Jeannie: Oh man, well, you're taking raw wool and your putting a twist in order to get it hold it together to make yarn which you can then make into hats or sweaters or blankets or whatever.
J: She's amazing! She does everything. Well, almost everything. In our conversation she said she doesn't wash the wool 'cause (because) it's too difficult. But in her case, she begins by cutting the wool off the backs of the sheep with scissors.
(Enter sound of scissors)
Jeannie: Okay, in my case it came off the sheep with scissors. And the sheep stand up like little dogs and I cut the wool off of their backs. And it's a big job. And then it's very dirty so you need to wash it. And after washing it needs to be combed or carded so it's easily spun.
J: Right comb C-O-M-B.
J: Right! To comb your hair. She cuts the wool, sends it someone else to wash it, combs the wool, spins the wool into yarn and then knits the yarn into hats, sweaters or blankets. It's amazing!
J: That's a good question. I asked Jeannie the same thing.
Jeannie: Well, it takes many many hours. I'd say a hat if you just counted the time for one hat probably takes 6 hours. A sweater I think takes 30-40 hours.
J: But you know, I think that Jeannie really loves the process not really the product.
Jeannie: I love the process of taking a raw thing like a dirty sheep and raising the babies and then ending up with incredible works of art.
J: Jeannie. She's wonderful. I just love her. Thanks for joining us on American Cafe.