Gardeners in Wisconsin become cautiously, very cautiously, optimistic. We know that frost or even snow may yet appear before spring truly takes hold. Knitters in Wisconsin secretly enjoy a little more quality sweater time. Cooks check the calendar in hope, but the opening of the outdoor farmer’s market (which I incorrectly keep thinking of as the real farmer’s market) is still about a month away. Any day now I’ll be getting a copy of The CSA Cookbook by Linda Ly to review for you, which will really jumpstart our spring fresh produce cooking! Stay tuned – things around the Yarnstead are about to get more lively.
But for now, we wait. It’s still too early to condition my straw bales or rake the mulch off the garden beds or reconnect the rain barrels. There are a few sorrel leaves, a few rhubarb sprouts, and a lot of prudently slow-growing crocuses growing up through the dry leaf mulch on the south side of my home. Progress, too, on several fiber arts projects: several tawashi completed, steady work on the back of my Sea Foam sweater (still looks like a gray patterned rectangle), and a little spinning. There’s a lot of time looking at things to see what they might become.
Spring often gets me back to spinning. You’d think it’d be the perfect winter occupation, but I much prefer to spin in natural light, of which there is little to spare in winter. I recently discovered the sweet 3-D-printed Turkish spindles made by Turtlejen (sold in her Etsy shop, TurtleMade). My first two (hmm) are pictured above; buyers can choose their colors. Between Pi Day and recent thoughts about science, I feel very grateful for my education, so I picked some of my school colors: red and white for my UW and blue and gold for my good old high school (where my love of science was really supported by my teachers and I made a lifelong (sciencey and creative) friend)!
I’ve started spinning some alpaca from that friend on the blue & gold one. The tiny I plan to try with some yak or cotton. I still mostly spin for the magic of seeing the yarn form, and I feel happy and relaxed spinning no matter how lumpy my yarn is. That’s just what I need as I reflect on the change of seasons. That and pie.