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While you are reading this, I am on the way to Pittsburgh for Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet! I will once again be helping Wild Hare Fiber Studio in booth 23, where she will kindly be hosting some of my wares as well. Come say hello if you’ll be at the festival, and check out her black light reactive hand dyed yarn and my handspun, rolags, and Rockin’ Rollys!

I have been alternating getting ready for this event and for Homespun Yarn Party – which happens on March 20th – and going to art galleries. One builds stock, and the other stocks my mind with creative ideas.

And speaking of creative ideas…




I’m not normally one to link to HuffPo, but this article about 14 Women Artists Who’ve Changed The Way We Think About Design convinced me to change my usual policy! There are several textile/fiber artists represented in this dazzling array of women who have often been overlooked for their contributions to the arts. Wonderful discoveries can be made via this article, and I encourage you to explore these artists and their works!




Does your creativity need a boost? Do you feel uninspired? Create & Thrive have 5 suggestions that might help you get back in the swing of things. Sometimes you just need a little push, and these tips might be exactly what you need!


Photo: Fringe Association
Photo: Fringe Association

Spring is almost here, but there’s still enough Winter to warrant a nice hat. And this Plait Hat looks like a quick but satisfying knit to keep the coldest head warm. I love how squishy this looks!


Photo: Wild Olive
Photo: Wild Olive

Sometimes, you need a quick & cute gift. Sometimes, you just want to tell someone that they are loved with a little token. Sometimes, you just want to make something adorable. This little box will cover all those needs! A simple but lovely project from Wild Olive, this makes me smile every time I see it.


Photo: Catharine Ellis/Surface Design Association
Photo: Catharine Ellis/Surface Design Association

Have you been considering trying out natural dyes? This article by Catharine Ellis that discusses why she made the move from synthetic to natural dyes may be the convincing you need. She covers all her reasons for making the switch in a thorough and convincing manner… and the beautiful photos definitely serve as inspiration! I think you will enjoy this write-up as much as I did.




I wanted a soup that said “Spring is almost here,” but was still warm and comforting. I wanted something delicious and nourishing. I think this is exactly what I was looking for. If there was ever a soup that said “Spring” than this is it!


So there it is, this week’s Community Thursday! Wish me luck while I make the trek to Pittsburgh and hopefully if you’re in town this weekend I’ll see you there. As always, if you have feedback, recommendations, or links to share, please do leave a comment – and thank you for reading!