Goddess garden yarn


Goddess garden yarn
Goddess garden yarn

This is the yarn I made for the 4th block of the journey to the golden fleece.  The assignment was to make a yarn that says “I love you” to yourself. It took me a while to get back to spinning, with the end of the school year and lots of people in my house, but it felt good to get back to it.  I tried some new techniques and made a thick colorful, sparkly yarn.  I didn’t realize until I took it outside to photograph it that it was a garden yarn.  When I picked the colors, I was surprised, because I usually am more drawn to reds and pinks, but this one was mostly purple and green and gold.  On the fibery goodness website, they have what is called the “yarn randomizer” which will give you materials and techniques to try.  I came up with beehive coil, so I tried it with some pencil roving I had.  It is core spun.  I also used a single which I had spun and felted and another wool single I had made a while ago.  I Navajo plied them together, which made a nice, thick sturdy yarn.  I took another wool single and plied it with strips of sparkly fabric from a shirt I had bought at the thrift store and bits of lace and sequins.  I plied that twice over the Navajo plied yarn, and voila! my very own goddess garden yarn.  It looks like a springtime garden!

Poem for the goddess garden yarn:

The wings of the dove on this bright sunny morn

Reflect the golden sun

In the springtime, life is reborn.

Life is a journey,

Life is a dream.

Sleeping and waking, what does it mean?

Love alone gives us wings

To fly in the golden light.

Love is the air that gives us breath

Love is the food that brings good health

In the spring, life blossoms anew

Love and renewal

Are my wished for you.

I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

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