Barefoot (Spinning) in the Park
October 1, 2007
Saturday in the park with Cara was a sweet, sunny, mellow time. Great turnout. Delicious weather. Many wheels. Generous teachers. One stubborn student (me).
Like I said, mellow.
My daughter’s hands at the wheel, for the first time. Making some twisty, chewy, awesome yarn out of Cara’s BFL. (Start as you mean to continue, messing around with the best materials.)
Carrie had stereo teachers. Cara on one side, and Ann on the other. The thought that Carrie might actually be a spinner, and that these two taught her, makes me ferklempt. The thought that I might have an in-house supplier of handspun? Makes me delirious. (Teenage Drama: “But Mommy, I don’t WANT another wheel!” [Slams door.])
I think Ann’s instructional analogy– that treadling is like operating a clutch–may have been lost on a 10 year old. But hey. She got it.
Amy came all the way from Philly with her cutie wheel.
The next generation of spinners is very enthusiastic. Strong for it!
Spin guys, represent!
Skirt guys, represent! (This was not a kilt. This was a skirt. In case you were wondering what comes after the manpri.)
Spinning is a spectator sport.
“You got your Strawberry Fields over there, and you got your People Spinning over here.”
OMG! They are making YARN over here!
In other news, I finished the border for the Mixed Media Mystery Project (which is a quilted throw).
It’s really big.
Carrie had a big weekend. Today we were walking through the Columbus Circle entrance to Central Park and she got interviewed by Harry K. Smith for the CBS Early Show. I don’t think she’ll make it onto the screen, because they were trying to show that kids know more than grownups about things like how long Senators serve versus Representatives, and she needed off-camera hints from Harry. (Harry is about to make a “2″ with his right hand. Thanks, Harry!)
One more thing about the Spin Out. The raffle to benefit Heifer International is staying open until October 15. The prizes are many, and awesome. Cara has mighty prize-gathering mojo. Two wheels! (TWO! WHEELS!) Gorgeous fiber and yarn, and the choicest of bags and tchotchkes. And it’s for a great cause. So get in on it, early and often.