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Yarn Love – Yarn Love Challenge

It took me a little bit about what to write about my ‘yarn love’ and then a Facebook memory popped up that told me exactly what makes me love yarn the most – it’s community. Yesterday I was reminded of a lost friend, Janice Rosema, She was this incredible fiber artist, a freeform crocheter who loved colour and interesting art in general. She had a way of getting to know other fibre artists sort of quietly and then when you would talk to her she would mention the different things that you had created or shared over the years, and it made you feel special because you were in the presence of this amazing fiber artist…who knew YOU. I have a lot more to say about this, but I will keep it short in order to honour her memory, and share the words of a great friend, and the talent of many others.

My friend Naomi, of Ryono Creations shared a beautiful little post on this day in 2013 that mentions a lot of us that have flown in the same circle for years, and it really warmed my heart.

on goodbyes and thank yous...
as my friend kimberly mcalindin said,

“The world is a bit less colorful today….fiber artist and friend Janice Rosema is gone.”

yes, the fiber community lost a creative force yesterday. she was not as visible recently as she had been in the past due to her poor health, but she was an inspiration to many. janice, her creations, and her creations to be, will be missed.

i only met up with janice a few times but she always had the nicest smile and a warm hug for me. i felt heavy throughout the day yesterday, but it also made me think of the wonderful artists i have met who inspired me when i first started playing with fiber back in 2007.

michelle snowdon told me today…

“It is a blessing how the passing of a dear person allows our hearts to open towards those who have touched our lives.”

so, as i say goodbye, i would also like to thank these artists who came before me and inspired me early on in my fiber pursuits (in no particular order)…

the yarn wench (lynn wigell)…may your dye pots never stop simmering…aaarrrrrrrr matey!

laura mayotte…your themed handspuns floor me every…single…time

tracy hudson…art yarns on a spindle anyone? and ambassador for the art yarn movement

stoneleafmoon (linda scharf)…she encouraged us to look within for inspiration to create our own unique yarns

studioloo (cindy cole bennett)…whose barbie doll yarn totally freaked me out but opened my eyes to endless possibilities

wooldancer (michelle snowdon)…your name perfectly fits your whimsical, free spirited creations

chef karen barnaby (kaybee)…who pushes boundaries and whips up playful spingredients into the coolest handspuns to answer any spin challenge

holly braddock…who encouraged me to grab a handful of locks and just spin, baby!   (Rest in peace, my beautiful friend)

lexi boeger…handspun revolution anyone?

natasha fialkov (luxe)…where my love for flower yarns came from

reenie hanlin (now peculiar ambitions, used to be material whirled)…how could i not be inspired by someone who spun troll dolls into her handspun?

yarnpunk (elizabeth o’ donnell)…talk about rad handspuns!!

hobbledehoy (elizabeth stottlemeyer)…she had me at her batts way back when…and still does

thank you for your inspiration and for your contributions to the fiber arts community.

“without you i would never be me

you are the leaves on my family tree”

– from “sing together” by train

Community – Yarn Love Challenge

There are a lot of communities that we become a part of in life – our families, neighbourhoods, clubs, and of course our hobbies. We find people both in person and online. I have to say that from all the different groups of people I have spent time with, the yarn and fiber community is one of the most welcoming. I have been a part of many amazing experiences and seen our community come together incredibly at times of need – when our friends are sick, in the event of personal tragedy, or most often just to lend a hand or a word of kindness. I get to see it in many ways every day. I also really enjoy seeing the openness with which people share their knowledge and information on the different things they work on. I have never really experienced much in the way of ‘competition’ but instead been embraced as I embrace others – in that we all have our own niche in this space, and that’s a nice feeling.

That being said, we are at a strange time in the world right now, with a lot of clashing opinions, and a lot of change – some for the good, and some for the bad – if we look at this through a world scope. My efforts in 2017 are going to be more targeted at my community, and at building new communities. I have always thrived on knowledge sharing – part of the reason, I think, it my geeky enjoyment of things like databases and data entry, where I can log information and share knowledge. I have always enjoyed knowledge management, even in my day job – creating knowledge spaces for people to store documents, files, tutorials and so on.

Another nice part of being part of a community is giving each other a hand up, and promoting what we both enjoy. So, I wanted to take a minute to talk a little about THISyarn – if you know my fibre artwork, the majority of the yarn I spin is themed and art yarn, and sometimes it can be a little striking to people who aren’t familiar with it. It’s safe to say that on more occassions than I can count people ask me ‘What can I do with THIS yarn?’ Well, the lovely brains behind THISyarn, Dayna Mankowski and Ashley Martineau, do a wonderful job of answering that question in so many ways for knitters, crocheters, weavers, and general fibre artists. They have targeted patterns and tutorials and the site essentially presents you with many options for working with art yarn. It’s a great resources that serves the whole fibre community.