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July/August Voice!

We hope you enjoy Young Writers Project's latest issue of The Voice, featuring writing from youths in Vermont, Georgia, Virginia, Indiana and Sri Lanka...to name a few.

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Thanks for your gifts.

THE YWP ACADEMY -- You Can Help

 

As you know, the kbbspin.org site is managed by Young Writers Project, a passionate, small band of people that helps thousands of youths around the U.S. and world become better writers so they can succeed in school, college and beyond. Writing is a vital skill and we believe more needs to be done to help kids become proficient.

By continuing to provide us financial support you help pay for our time -- and the time of leading experts and artists -- to provide youths guidance and encouragement on youngwritersproject.org or leading a workshop.

UPDATE: Your donations have helped us get started on creating formal learning workshops for kids, housed in The YWP Academy. We've had great success so far, including storytelling, audio stories, staged plays, poetry and foundational work in writing. THESE WORKSHOPS ARE NOW FREE!

And don't forget: The rest of our fonline respectful teen writing community is  also free and open to ALL youths ANYWHERE, so if you know some youths who like to write or who want to get better at it, send them to youngwritersproject.org. They will get feedback, support and may get published all over including on our showcase magazine, The Voice!

I give thanks to the inspiring, creative and optimistic voices of youth! And to all of your generosity.

Happy knitting and weaving and hooking!

geoff gevalt

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Do you have a story to tell?

 

TELL YOUR STORIES! This web community is seeking people who like to tell stories about their craft -- whether you be a weaver or a spinner or a farmer or knitter.

BECOME A BLOGGER HERE! No requirements (except to post a story now and again!) No guilt! Fun. Fame (well, maybe among us). It's EASY.

IF YOU HAVE THE URGE TO SHARE something you've done or learned or seen and want to express it to others, contact me at ggevalt@youngwritersproject.org and we'll set you up to blog!

Thanks,

Geoffrey Gevalt

young writers project

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Angora Rabbit Harvest

Angoras do take considerable time and energy, but so does everything in life.  For me, the key is knowing the cycle of each rabbit and keeping a schedule. Sometimes the rabbits don't agree with my schedule. 

The beginning of my rabbits cycles start in May/June. Most of my buns were born late fall/early winter, and I'm sure that has an impact. My entire herd are not regular molters and hold coats 5-7 mos.  I discovered their cycle by trial and error., there is a point between 5-7 mos where little neps begin to form on the ends of the wool, and if I don't collect is, instead of shedding out all around the cage, the coat begins to mat (it's the only time it every mats). If I really wanted, regular grooming could keep that coat past the time. I really can't stand to wait past 5 mos, I want that coat to spin, only show buns are allowed to go past 5. After the big Mini Convention show in May, I begin the clip down so no bunny carries a full coat in the heat of summer. They are clipped again in Sept/Oct, Jan/Feb, May/June. I get one less clipping than those who molt every 90 days, but my fiber tends to be twice as long. 

Guidelines and Ad Tips

Guidelines

This site offers free advertisements for anyone wanting to sell -- or find -- wool-related items from spinning wheels to fibers, from carders to books, from looms to animals. Those posting the ads are individuals or very small businesses. The site is run by volunteers so please be patient and kind. PLEASE remove your ad when you have sold your item, thanks! In exchange for these kindnesses, we encourage you to donate to our preferred charity, Young Writers Project, which is doing amazing things with young people. Thank you!

OUR AD GUIDELINES:

  • You must be an individual or a small seller,
  • You are responsible for being honest and forthright in what you are selling,
  • It is your responsibility to ensure safe delivery of products you are selling and sharing,
  • We are not responsible for any misrepresentations but ask that if you have a problem, alert us, WITH the link to the offending advertisement/community member,
  • If anyone violates our basic honesty code, we will make sure the ad is unpublished and the user is blocked and contacted.
  • PLEASE DELETE YOUR AD WHEN IT HAS BEEN TAKEN CARE OF! Do this as a favor to the community: nothing can be more frustrating to someone than to find an ad, follow up and find out that it is long gone. So when you sell, please come back and DELETE the ad. THANK  YOU!

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May/June

Well spring has sprung! The  Young Writers Project digital magazine, The Voice, has just released its May/June issue and it's wonderful. Lots of great poetry, stories, images and sound. Another example of why we should be encouraged by this upcoming generation! o

Share this link with friends and bring them more audience!

AS ALWAYS, we encourage you to send any youths you know to sign up on youngwritersproject.org to gain skills in writing in a supportive learning network. 

Thanks for  using kbbspin.org to further your textile hobbies. And thanks for sending us your donations to support our work here for you and our work elsewhere for young people!

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Processing Fleece 101 (for the rest of us)

Fleece....ahh, c'mon, you've dreamt of it, you've seen it, you've run your hands over, through and gathered up handfuls of the stuff, wanting it at some point in your time as a fleece fanatic. Yeah, you, c'mon, admit it

Fleece in its raw state, whether it be wool, llama, alpaca, quivit (drool), comes off an animal, usually sheared, sometimes combed. Here in the US, we are blessed with a range of both breeds (& breeders) as well as multiple climates that enable us to grow out hundreds of varieties of animals to choose their fluffiness from

Jenkins Turkish

I will soon have Jenkins Turkish spindles on my web page again.  This is so exciting.  I will let you know when I'm able to get them photographed and on the site.

Thanks everyone who came to Rhinebeck and bought MANY spindles.

 

 

Please stop by

Janet

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SOLD Items

When you sell you itemPlease do not mark sold.  PLEASE remove it from the list. 

Your effort is appreciated.

 

Thank you

Janet

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About Young Writers Project

The Young Writers Project -- Overview

VISION | To build a generation of better writers by engaging as many youths as possible through  youngwritersproject.org  a respectful online teen learning community — and its direct programming. 

MISSION | YWP’s mission is to build a generation of confident writers who think, develop ideas and express themselves with clarity, civility and power. 

 

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