After a week’s break, we’re back with another Community Thursday! I got all thrown off with my usual posting while I prepared for the [amazing] Annual Spinning Seminar at The Mannings – I’ll tell you all about it in a following post, it’s TOO BIG to not have a post of it’s own – but trust me, it was worth taking the time to prepare for. And this week, I have some great updates from the Community, as well as some tips, a link to a helpful podcast, and of course some gardening and art posts to add to the wonderfulness of it all.
Speaking of gardening, my plants are growing daily! The roma tomatoes are getting big and are on the verge of turning red. We’ve had some strawberries and more to come. Radishes are HUGE and have been freakin’ delicious!
The past week here in Baltimore has been incredibly hot and humid, just like a Baltimore Summer… despite the fact that it’s not officially Summer until Saturday. That makes it tough to do fiber arts until I’ve acclimated to the heat and humidity – which I’m working on – but when I can’t work on spinning or carding, my mind doesn’t stop being creative. I’ve done some circular weaving, which is less sweat-inducing than spinning, and I’ve been working on some new fiber classes for upcoming EVENTS. So. Freakin’. COOL. There will be more to come on that later, as things come into focus. Yay!
But hey, what about that COMMUNITY, right?
I really love how Elysa captures the feeling of being next to her on this wonderful exploration of Solitude Farm in Round Hill, VA! Solitude Farm specializes in breed-specific yarn and fiber, and the farm has a lovely array of sheep and goats [my favorite!] and is about as beautiful a place as you can imagine. Please take a moment to visit the 222 Handspun blog and enjoy all of Elysa’s photos of the day – they will make you wish you’d been there, too! [ps - make sure to look at all the pretty things that Elysa's selling on her page, too - we carry 222 Handspun's fibers and I can tell you, they're something special.]
Gardening refills my soul. Green spaces are vital for both the health of our cities and our planet, and they refresh us and lift us back up when we need it the most. And gardening can be a political act, a subversive act that can give us hope and gently challenge the status quo. This article discusses this, the legacy of Johnny Appleseed that can change the face of food deserts and challenge HOAs. It might make you want to make some seed bombs of your own!
Look at this lovely yarn that Candy is spinning up! She says: “Wild corespinning with Navajo Churro and weaving thrums… A friend shared a wonderful bag of thrums so I just had to play..” Candy will be teaching several classes at Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival in VA this Autumn; if you’re in the area, this is your chance to learn how to spin beehives, corespinning, or how to prepare your fiber for color and texture!
LeAndra of Created By Elsie B has been really enjoying dyeing batches of Merino with Stellina, which gives the fiber a delightful shimmery shine. She says”Okay so, I’m officially in love with the merino/stellina results I’ve been getting! This one is a custom request called ‘Wedding Bouquet’ and I’m seriously so happy with it!”
Want to see more of what she’s dyed up? Go to her Facebook page and check it out! They’re all so lovely.
So… how many of you know a real, live certified Master Knitter? Well, I now can say that I do! Heather, AKA the Knitting Goddess, is a friend of mine from my beloved Charlotte NC-area knitting circle that I can’t attend thanks to distance, but I am still close with. We’ve been calling her the Knitting Goddess for a while, because she’s AMAZING… now she has the paper to prove it! She went through the extensive 3-step evaluation program that is offered by The Knitting Guild Association [TKGA], which involves answering questions as well as demonstrating skill through knitted samples. Heather has been kind enough to share some of the details of her journey through the process on her blog as well as on the Charlotte Knitting Guild blog, and if this is a program that interests you, I recommend reading through her entries! I am so proud of her and glad to see her hard work pay off.
This is possibly one of the toughest things that ANYONE can learn how to do: just say NO when you feel that, forever what reason, you’re pressured to say yes. In your business, it’s doubly tough, because every NO feels like a missed opportunity. This is important in your crafty business, your day-to-day life, your friendships – everything. Tara offers up some great suggestions for finding the clarity to both say NO in the right way as well as when you should say YES. By the way, she offers coaching via “The Starship” and she’s currently accepting new crew members. [Star Trek forever! I love it!] You can access the podcast as well as find out more about The Starship via the link below.
And there we have our Community Thursday! Look for an update about my day at The Mannings, coming sometime this weekend… and don’t forget, I want to write about what YOU are creating! Click on the email link at the bottom and let me know. Thank you for being a part of this beautiful Community!