It’s a ply, ply world. 2020 will be my year to be all about Ply Magazine. I was fortunate to have 2 great ideas for the Summer and the Autumn editions of Ply Magazine, and had them accepted for publication. I also applied to be a vendor at Ply Away V, and was also accepted. All of this is such a blessing and so exciting.
I have been blogging off and on for several years, but I really wanted to write an article for a spinning magazine. I really like the way Ply does it, they have a “mood board”. Each issue is based on a theme – or mood, and they ask for input from you and me as to articles that we might want to write for that theme.
I have been involved with fiber since I was a little girl. My mother taught me to knit and to sew and I was hooked for life. I have sewn three wedding dresses, my own and both of my son’s brides. I made all the baby clothes for my two boys. I have knit for everyone in the family, including myself, from socks to sweaters. At the age of 20, I saw a woman spinning wool on her Ashford spinning wheel – when I found out how LITTLE a fleece cost compared to spun yarn – hooked again! I knew I could learn to spin and it would save me a fortune in wool yarn AND it did, but I spent another fortune in spinning wheels and spinning related equipment over the years. Ah well, what does it matter??? Life is about living, and living is about being creative and feeding your soul. I have a well fed soul.
When I saw the email from Ply about their Summer edition theme on support spindles, I could not resist. 18 months before, I had begun a grand passion for support spindles, and I had one or two things to say about what I could create with them. Once I was accepted as an author for this edition, I started thinking about the fiber I would use to illustrate the content of my article. I would need fiber that was NOT easy to use to achieve the goal, some that was Good, but not perfect, and then the PERFECT fiber. I set out to find the three contestants and settled on Into the Whirled Polworth/silk, Inglenook naturally dyed batts, and Miss Babs Merino/Silk. I spun and spun, all Summer long, then wrote my article and sent it off, along with a bevy of pictures.
Then Ply sent out another Mood Board email – this time for their Fall Back To Basics edition. They included Dyeing as one of the possible themes. Woo Hoo, I like to dye and I think about how dyeing affects yarn, roving and fleece. Another article idea was born. Once again, I had to think about setting up my article with samples to illustrate my take on dyeing from a spinner’s perspective. This time it was easier to prepare the samples for the article, and for 5 days my kitchen was a dye-o-rama, but I have an understanding partner, so all was well!
Writing for Ply has been a blast and I can’t wait to buy a box of copies to share with my friends and family. Getting accepted to be a vendor at Ply Away V was icing on a very yummy cake. I am bringing all of my normal stuff; Cozy Feet Treadle covers, Stansborough Grey fiber, MANY other nice fibers – washed and ready to prep and a few special items, some woven, some sewn, some imported. It should be a really fun time and I can’t WAIT.
Many know me as Dakota Skipper -- that's my Cowboy alias. I LIKE to write and I like to share. Please enjoy reading about my frolicking fiber adventures!