Puzzling yarn

What would you do with a fuzzy vortex of swirling larvae?


Amy's daughter Sarah tackles The Spin Art Puzzle.

So, we just got a shipment of puzzles in our office—puzzles that we made. It's a bit out of the ordinary. A normal day in the office brings in lots of warm fuzzy things—such as fiber, yarn, sweaters—as well as many, many books and magazines. I took one of the puzzles home in the interest of being familiar with all the things we make (it's a hard job, but someone has to do it). I have to admit that I'm not normally someone who sits down to work on a puzzle—I mean really—I barely have time to do all the spinning, beading, and knitting on my list. But lately puzzles have held more interest for me. This is because my twenty-eight-month-old daughter, Sarah, loves doing puzzles (and she's really good at them!). I've been checking them out from the library for her, shopping for them at toy stores, and now, I've brought another one home. Granted—this one is probably a little beyond even her abilities—shoot, it is challenging me. It is 759 pieces and an image of absolutely gorgeous handspun yarn from Jacey Boggs's new book, Spin-Art. Beyond my vicarious pleasure with puzzles because of my toddler's love of them, this puzzle has piqued my interest.

The more I stare at this amazing bit of spinnerly magic, the more I'm wondering just exactly how does Jacey make this whirling dervish of a yarn? This squiggly mass of colorful tribbles? This fuzzy vortex of mass-migrating slub larvae? Beautiful and organic, colorful and rhymthic, they entice me to look closer. So, I page through this beautiful book and find that the instructions for making them are so clearly outlined—in typical Jacey fashion—with clear instructions and gorgeous photography—making the magic achievable. Not puzzling at all—just enchanting.

Happy spinning,

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