I'm always pro-duck. Especially the rubber kind that hangs out in my bathroom from time to time, before being summarily devoured by an enthusiastic little dog. That aside, I'm having trouble being productive lately.

I'm grinding my way through making Stephen's Coronation garb. (Thank God, [livejournal.com profile] devikat is coming by to help me tonight!!!) And I've ordered the parts I need for my class at Coronation.

Did I mention I was teaching a drop-spinning class at Coronation?

I'm teaching a drop-spinning class for beginners at Coronation. I will go over the 3 basic types of spindles: Top whorl, bottom whorl, and supported spindle. I will briefly touch on what each type of spindle is good for and who used it. And then I will teach the basics of making wool into string with a drop spindle. There are a zillion ways to make this work. I'm going to teach the spinning-against-pant method that seems to work best for most beginners. Someone who is good enough to suspend the spindle and draft in the air will be welcome to attend and demonstrate for the class, but this is mainly for people who've never tried spinning before.

To that end, I'm assuming that many people who have never spun before, have not tried it because they don't have the right equipment. I found a way to provide kits for my class that will include solid wooden drop-spindles that are perfectly period AND don't suck, and a bit of nice wool to start for only $3. Considering that most drop spindles are in the neighborhood of $9-$25, I think this is MADE OF WIN. Someone pat me on the back. Then attend my class and save me from myself. I have more enthusiasm and book learnin' than I do physical expertise with a spindle. I may not be able to troubleshoot EVERY beginner mistake...

From: [identity profile] devikat.livejournal.com

Boo-yah! You found some spindles then? Good Good *pat pat*

From: [identity profile] red-caillie.livejournal.com


That is great! Most spindles cost more than the beginner is willing to spend on something they may or may not being doing. That is way better than the CD spindle. Great Job!!

From: [identity profile] reneekytokorpi.livejournal.com


I'll be glad to do my best on the troubleshooting front. I've made a lot of the mistakes! :D

What is your intended schedule for driving out?

Also, the spindle I use is different from the ones I saw you using before, so I'd need to practice a bit first...

From: [identity profile] mightyjesse.livejournal.com

Zig is attending his Highness for Coronation, so I suspect we'll be leaving fairly early. My class won't be starting until 1:00 PM.

From: [identity profile] mrissa.livejournal.com

When we were at the park getting a moment of quiet after my grandpa's memorial service, there were two dogs getting trained with fake ducks and Ista was So Jealous. I told her the closest she was going to come was if I gave her table scraps of mock duck.

From: [identity profile] mightyjesse.livejournal.com

I'm really not sure if Maggie has even SEEN a duck that wasn't rubber, despite the number of walks we've taken by the little pond/resevoir thing in the park... MUSKRATS on the other hand, just FASCINATE her. One of these days she's going to slip on the edge of the pond and fall in the drink, and I'm going to have to fish her out by her walking harness...

From: [identity profile] mrissa.livejournal.com

Ista also thinks that muskrats are REALLY TERRIBLY INTERESTING. The difference is, Maggie is bigger than the muskrats.


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