10-11: Community Thursday!

“The key to organizing an alternative society is to organize people around what they can do, and more importantly, what they want to do.” – Abbie Hoffman

I spent the weekend at Camp Pluckyfluff in Berlin Md [hence the opening photo, of us traveling on the Bay Bridge] and my brain is *still* scrambled from all the input and fun. I should have better photos of the eight yarns that I spun soon!

“By contrast, if a master spinner of novelty or art yarn were to sit down with a goal in mind, with a particular objective, and sample and test and swatch and experiment and develop specific techniques to achieve his or her end, the yarn thus produced is far from purely indulgent. It’s a labor of skill and artistry and technique. It is then the purpose-spun yarn while my little lace yarn is the shallow indulgence.” – Abby Franquemont, in a post about “art yarn” and how she sees it, along with “emotional spinning” and spinning with no purpose in mind. [“From time to time, people ask me this: Is it true that you hate art yarn, and process spinning? Categorically not.”]

I Love Yarn Day 2012

October 12th 2012 is I Love Yarn Day! Organized by the Craft Yarn Council, it’s a day to celebrate our love of yarn and bring more attention to yarn wonderful yarn and the crafts we create with it. Some of the suggestions from the website include teaching someone to knit or crochet [or spin!], do something for charity, give a gift of yarn [ahem], and knit or crochet in public. Never a bad idea to put more YARN in the public’s consciousness!

Happy Owls
Terribly adorable, and available on Etsy! It’s a perfect little PIN! [she has other beauties in her shop too!]

Because we all need things that lift our hearts, here’s 60 tiny love stories to make you smile, from Marc and Angel Hack Life. If you’re not reading this blog, you might want to check it out, I find it super uplifting/inspirational.

The inimitable Esther Rodgers of Jazzturtle has some big news! [actually, a LOT of big news has been happening in her world lately, like hello, work in a GALLERY] But one of the big announcements that she’s got is about something any spinner could get excited for – a new lazy kate from Nancy’s Knit Knacks that she helped to design and create.
lazy kate from nancy's knit knacks

Esther gave them some pointers for things she was dying to have in a lazy kate, including a tilting tension system, a traditional cord tension system, an open yarn guide with options to put them in front of each bobbin – plus big enough to fit jumbo bobbins AND cones *and* have everything fit into the base for travel. And THEY MADE IT. It looks absolutely fabulous, has a cone adapter available, and is reasonably priced to boot. You can purchase them directly from Esther at her website – http://jazzturtle.com/anything-but-lazy-kate/

Hotel Nadia, Holland Collection- Totally Textured Jazzturtle Artisan Batt

Hotel Nadia, Holland Collection- Totally Textured Jazzturtle Artisan Batt

And while you’re shopping, you can also check out her amazing batts – just listed – that are all themed around a recent trip to Holland, as well as handspun yarn and long locks that will be going up over the weekend. Those are available at her Etsy shop – http://www.etsy.com/shop/jazzturtle – they’re just lovely!

Source: m-e-r-m-a-i-d-c-h-i-l-d.tumblr.com via Deveta on Pinterest

Just amazingly gorgeous, some color for your inspiration. 🙂

ellie di julio My much-admired pal Ellie Di wrote something really strong and moving this week. [there’s a surprise – not – everything she writes is moving and insightful and strong!] She writes about leaving, not to run away but to embrace the new directions to which one is pulled – this coincides with the hard choice she’s made to do a total rebrand from The Headologist to her own, personal brand – herself. Personally, I can’t wait to see the new directions she’ll be traveling, and I’m excited to watch her bloom into the person who she is under her own name, rather than under a moniker. I recommend her work whole-heartedly and will be talking more about her in the days to come, for sure!


That’s it for this week! As you can see, I’m trying to make this Community round-up sort of thing vital and interesting to YOU as well as me, so if there’s anything you’d like to see covered here, including the things you’re involved with, let me know! <3