Pssst...I've got a little secret for you today. It's about the Ennea Collective. Now wait! Before you go running off because you're not a spinner, please give me a shot.
This is a real tip! If you love fiber, whether already spun (aka yarn), spin it yourself (aka roving, batts, etc.), or reading about fiber people, animals, and other fluffy goodness, you'll want to read Ennea. You really must take a few minutes and check it out because there IS so much more to the Ennea Collective and you're going to love it!
Take a spin (sorry, couldn't help it) around the knitting patterns and, if you see something you like, Ennea has a wonderful article on how to substitute a ready-made yarn for handspun. The patterns are varied and range from sweaters, cowls, socks, to shawls, mitts, and gloves--AS WELL AS, articles to cover other aspects of fiber.
And, there IS more!
In this, the third issue (Winter 2011), Kristi has an article on photographing knits and/or fiber. Her tips are very helpful and, since many of us share projects via Ravelry, Facebook, or other media sources, you will find it informative, interesting, as well as, in depth.
Plus, look at this! There is no need to spin or knit to create this lovely pair of angora (warm!) mittens. Ennea is full of creative projects for the fiber lover. Take a look back through the past issues and you'll find great ideas and endless hours of entertainment.
IF you spin and want to improve your technique, or you'd like to learn to spin, there is even more here for you! Reading through all three issues has helped me understand how to create the yarn I want. For more help and interaction with other knitters join the Ravelry group.
I've been spinning (not very well) for the Cuppa Joe Mitts as I just happened to have the exact fiber Anne used in my stash. We'll see how it goes. The goal is to spin, not worry about perfection, just do the best I can.