Here's an evolution of sorts- from plain, rustic tools to spin an even, practical yarn to a wheelspun, still practical, but principally aesthetic yarn. Yarn on left spun for S3 Module 1: Neolithic.
I am alpha testing- yes, ALPHA- testing something for Fibery Goodness! I don't think beta testing begins for another few weeks- test for FiberyGoodness's new project/feature concept in testing: Evolution. It's on their site, with the blurb that asked for alpha testers. I believe they already set up a beta testing list as well, so any more adds to the waiting list will probably not receive anything until the project is officially rolled out. So far, us alpha testers have been split into groups and given a project theme and a finished item, and the rest is ours to be free with- it's up to the people in the group. Thus far, it's been challenging, but it JUST got really fun. I mean fun. I haven't felt this excited about art since Ravelry sent me my acceptance email during their beta stage. My group is Gondor- we're calling ourselves Team Gondor. Or, we have a few times. They (Arlene and Suzy) split the alpha testers into groups named after Tolkien regions, yes. AWESOME, right? I'm a Hobbit at heart myself, but that's not the point here! I said it just got really fun because we just had our first group meeting through video chat.
Brainstorming sketches I took during the meeting. All built around the Evolution project theme, which I won't give out yet.
And these are three of my musical inspirations for this project. These are mine, not the group's. My personal playlist for the project is just that- personal.here, and is the same one linked in the caption above. Inspirations here of course, may not make it into this particular final project, but I already have knitted and crocheted interpretations for most of these sources in my head.
If you're not familiar with Fibery Goodness, it is a site owned by Suzy Brown aka Wool Wench and Arlene Thayer of Spin Artiste magazine, built on a concept of bringing fiber artists together to explore and innovate the waters of the fiber arts, mainly through courses. Quite robust courses, I might add. Their courses have syllabi and homework builds, along with forums for each class, not unlike what I got in university until just last year! And no, I am not being paid or reimbursed for this blog post. Alpha testing is purely voluntary as well, so if I hated it I would be honest and provide constructive feedback to Fibery Goodness, without raving about how exciting the project is.