Is it spring yet?
Jacey Boggs's cocoon yarn.
Stephenie Gaustad's inspiring Helix Scarf.
Trying something new
Spring is almost here! (Well, although it is snowing as I write this, it was sixty degrees in Colorado last week…) Little green plants are starting to poke up in gardens around town, and I can't help but smile every time I see them. My bees know spring is coming, too; they've been out flying around gearing up for what promises to be a busy spring full of buds and flowers bursting with nectar and pollen. I love it!
It seems a miracle when nature decides it is time to start life anew. While I can't deny my joy in getting outside and enjoying the world as it turns to luscious green from the straw browns of winter, before the season starts there is just so much potential. So many ways this year will be different from the last. So many possibilities for those gardens I haven't quite gotten planted and those sun-filled activities I haven't quite gotten around to (like taking my spinning wheel out on the back patio and spinning away). It is always so freeing to try new things, and in spring it is so easy to get inspired by nature and take the plunge.
Another spring to come (also filled with a potential for bliss) is the Spring issue of Spin-Off. It recently started mailing and is filled with new techniques and ideas. Maggie Casey has written a very thorough article for us about how to transform solid-colored roving into a plethora of multicolored yarn. Susan Z. Douglas and Rosemary S. Thomas share a new minimalist fiber-preparation technique using flicked locks to create quick and easy pseudorolags (shown on the issue cover), which are great for color blending.
Jacey Boggs shares step by step how to spice up your spinning by adding cocoons. Judith MacKenzie shares her experiences spinning sewing-pattern paper and tips for spinning all types of paper. She also brings up some interesting ideas about art yarns in her essay "Art Yarn and Roses," framing art yarn as the haute couture of the spinning world.
The issue is also filled with clever projects that use simple techniques to create something unique. Carol Rhoades uses the luscious locks of the Wenslydale Longwool to create a buttoned scarf with interchangeable edgings for multiple effects. Meghan Croson uses easy finishing to create her fun three-pointed Tricera Tops Hat. Rebecca Velasquez uses open crochet for her cravat-inspired spring scarflette that showcases the textures of handspun. And last but not least, there is Stephenie Gaustad's inspiring Helix Scarf, which uses short rows to create ruffles. This lovely scarf was first posted on Spinning Daily as a gallery project and is featured in over twenty-five variations (some in the magazine and all on Spinning Daily). Both Amy and I couldn't resist this pattern, and you can see pictures of our WIPs on Amy's Editor's page.
So while the weather might have hiccupped back into winter this week, my mind is still set on spring and trying new things. I think perhaps spinning paper might be next.