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Spring has sprung...

I'm not sure that anyone under the age of 50 remembers the ditty,

Spring has sprung,

the grass has riz

I wonder where

the boidies is?

I love that nowadays we can google something like that and get lost down the rabbit hole of attribution, language, cultural history, and general falderal (don't believe me? see this page for a start, then google the first line yourself!).

I've been busy traveling this past month. I've been invited to speak at the Annual Weaving History Conference in Clayton, NY in May. My topic? Well, I mentioned that my family had been involved in wire weaving "back in the day." And that piqued the interest of one of the organizers; which led to the invite; which led to an immediate sense, on my part, that I needed to do more research; and that led to a trip to Cape Cod. I got back only a few weeks ago and I'm still processing all the great conversations I had and the incredible information I gathered on the company, the process, and the impact the American Metallic Fabric Company had on the Cape and on so many local families.

I was, coincidentally, there at the full moon of the spring equinox. An amazing full moon that had tides significantly higher than average and all of us moon-gazers completely unable to sleep. But what a great place to be to see such an amazing event.

And now I'm back in the midwest where the weather, this past weekend, finally soared above 70F. The birds are signing like crazy; the peepers are peeping in full voice. I've warped a loom with my most recent color scheme in a beautiful 100% cotton fiber. My goal is to repeat my towel effort last month with this fabric and see what the difference is in terms of heft and absorbency. So far, I love the feel of this yarn as I warp the loom. My local store has so many wonderful colors in stock that it's be

en hard to restrain myself from going over and stocking up before I really have finished this sample. Sigh, the inherent challenge of doing samples.

But that's the beauty of Spring - a time of rebirth, renewal and new growth. I'm looking forward to taking all I've learned this winter, nurturing and maturing these ideas and projects into fruition this summer.

What are you up to for Spring?

Seth Kelley's 1910 garden "inventory"

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