YWP's October Issue of The Voice

I'm pleased to share with you the September issue of The Voice, the Young Writers Project digital magazine. It's mesmerizing: words, images and sound. You can see firsthand how the talents and skills of our young people give us great hope for the future. --gg

To read past issues: thevoice.youngwritersproject.org


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Good day!

Thanks again to all of you who've made donations to Young Writers Project. Your donations add up and are hugely important to help us continue our work.

As you see from the image, we have just launched a new site. This was an enormous project that I largely did myself. I had 40+ kids helping me along the way -- as users not coders -- and their critique, suggestions and ideas were enormously helpful. But, in the end, I had to hire a few folks to help me with some leading edge ideas I had. As with any Web project, we went over budget. Things are always more complicated than you think.

So we appeal to your generosity again to help us fill in this budget shortfall of $5,000. CAN YOU HELP? If so, please click the Donate button to your left.

ALSO: If you know youths who like to write or take pictures or play music, please, please send them our way. Our site, youngwritersproject.org is open to any youths from anywhere. Please send them the link!

Thanks, too, to all of you who enjoy and use this site; thanks to "bloggers" who've been posting stories about their lives as knitters, spinners and weavers. Please contact Janet or me if you are interested in becoming one of the voices of this site. NO GUILT required! Do it when you can.

I hope that the site is working well for you.

-- geoff

How to reach us:

Janet Lynn, community coordinator

Geoff Gevalt, webmaster and exective director of Young Writers Project



Fall Fiber Fantasies

        Ah, fall
    What isn’t there to love about fall?
    There’s the changing leaves (that bring the leaf-peepers who drive 25mph in a 55mph)
    There’s the cooling temperatures (who turned the thermostat up again?!)
    Then there’s the kids back to school (wine sales soar, see the news story at 11)
    All the wonderful things about fall...but the best, ooohhh, the best of all...fall fleece festivals, where we revert back to five-year-olds with all the beauty that reminds us once again of summer’s passing

Tunis in the Grease

I usually run more than one project at a time. While I'm spinning Jacob, I am also processing the Tunis fleece. My preference is to spin in "the grease." Spinning in the grease does not mean spinning in the dirt. First a fleece is shaken, to loosen VM and short cuts, then picked. I cold soak all of my fleece, with or without soap. How long depends on the fleece. No agitation other than water pressure. It's amazing how much dirt comes out in a cold soak, and how much VM floats to the top.

A Degree To Fit Every Fleece Fanatic

Growing up, we all had it, that ‘look’ when someone asked you ‘what do you want to be when you grow up’...c’mon, you know it, that ‘look’ from your parents, your aunts, your uncles, the teacher who wanted you to write it down and it got posted somewhere in the class (sometimes with cute photos that your parents brought out when you brought your prom date home....you know, those photos)

No hurry with Suri

No hurry with Suri

My first encounter with Suri was not a good one. The fiber was clearly seconds, but I knew that. However, it was full of second and third cuts, stiff and dry, basically unusable to me. I figured if this was what Suri was about, then I was not about Suri. A friend sent me some Suri and I put it away, thinking I knew what it would be about. Curiousity got the best of me. There was a local grower on FB, offering fleece for trade, and I wanted to try again, to see what everyone was raving about.

Humility & Life

(Note: this is a darker piece than previous posts....I ask to please read with an open heart & mind, & ask forgiveness for honesty, & needing to share an absence's reasons)



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