The theme of PLY’s first issue is . . . Firsts! Don’t mistake this for a beginner issue, though; some of the most talented, respected, knowledgable, and opinionated fiber minds in the community — among them Alden Amos, Stephenie Gaustad, Franklin Habit, Beth Smith, and Deb Robson — join us for this issue to give their insights about “spinning firsts”. We help lay out the history of spinning and examine how that history impacts us today, and also get down and dirty with firsts that face even the most advanced handspinners. Also featured, of course — some pretty great projects! If you are interested in learning more, please visit our Extras page.