Christmas Giveaway and Newsletter!
Time goes so fast doesn’t it?! I can’t believe we are almost at the end of 2012 already, in some ways it feels like its been just the blink of an eye, but in other ways, thinking back on the things I have done and achieved, its been an incredibly full, exciting, and interesting year! Some highlights for me have been, my One Wheel Indiegogo campaign and all the associated yarns spun to fund my Majacraft Aura, including a feature on the Majacraft blog and the amazing design Andy Poad so skillfully etched on the wheel for me, its truly the One Wheel 🙂 Another highlight of course was the weekend when I received my wheel, unboxing and assembling it during the JazzTurtle workshop at the home of the lovely Alet. That was a magic couple of days, meeting Esther Rodgers, sharing the learning experience with some amazing women, and enjoying the lovely environment so generously provided by Alet.
The next highlight for me was taking part in the Leather and Lace secret stash challenge, dreamed up and hosted by the lovely Arlene of Spin Artiste, and Deb Lambert of Picasso’s Moon. This was a huge honour for me, it was set up by invitation, and I was so excited to see my name and yarn among those of my fiber heros such as Lexi Boeger, and Ashley Martineau, in total about 20 spinners whose work I utterly admire. This travelling yarn show is now progressing along the East coast of the US and will reach its final destination in April at the SWAY Guild Art Yarn Festival, where the yarns will be auctioned, with proceeds donated to the Farm Animal Sanctuary. Another Spin Artiste highlight for me has been the opportunity to make some guest posts for Arlene, interviewing some very talented fiberistas on this side of the planet, what an honour and a pleasure!
Other writing this year included the ‘Spinners Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocolypse’ for the Entangled Magazine, as well as a feature of one of my yarns in the ‘Fiber Lust’ section of the same edition! I also have an article coming in the next edition of the Dutch magazine the ‘Spin en Verfkrant’ – soon to be known as ‘Vezels’ (Fibers). I am looking forward to that and will let you know when its out.
Another highlight has truly been the Find Your Inner Fiber Hero Workshop I hosted and taught right here in the WoolWench house at the beginning of the month. It was a real thrill to see people enjoying fiber, making new discoveries, helping each other, and just generally being as excited about spinning as I am! I am thrilled to have had some lovely feedback from those attending, and not only about my carrot cake 😛
So this brings me to the Giveaway part of this post! 2012 saw not only the acquisition of a new Wheel (my preciousss) but also a new loom – my beautiful Saori loom. Since the arrival of this new member of the household, I have been starting to hoard all my favourite yarns, to covet warping yarns and silks, and to start picturing my handspuns in woven form rather than knitted. I love the way the yarns can sing in the weft, the texture and colour is all there, released across the width of the weave.
To celebrate the end of the year with you, I would like to give someone the very first weaving I made with my art yarns, I call it ‘Landscape’, and the fibers share a journey over a natural scape of textures and colours. Its big enough to be a lovely warm wrap around your shoulders, or you could use it as a wall hanging or even a table runner. It has some gorgeous Gotland locks that I had tailspun, in fact all the fibers in the weft are handspun and hand dyed, and the warp is a great quality black merino from Saori. This is a really special piece to me, and I hope you like it too! Theres only one thing you need to do – share this on your FB page and leave a comment right here, tell me what YOUR creative goals are for 2013! The draw will be made on Dec 23 and will be a random selection from the comments on this post.
Thank you for reading, I would like to wish you ALL a very Merry Christmas, and a wonderful, creative, spinaliscious New Year!