September is a month when we see lots of spiders. At the Medical University in Hannover tests have been carried out on the use of spiders’ silk as a way to repair damaged nerves too big to respond to usual treatment. The web of the golden orb spider is more tear-resistant than nylon and has antibacterial properties. So, in future we may find ourselves being patched up with spiders’ webs. The German for spider is Spinne – just what they do best! In the group we just carry on spinning our own yarns. Sylvia Mountford.