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Sunday, January 28, 2007

In lieu of a dunce cap...

(or: Two New Spinners Herded Into the Flock)


Sarah kept insisting on winding her new yarn onto her spindle every three inches, which didn't give her enough room to actually draft and was seriously impeding the progression of her learning.




Because of this, she was punished, and forced to wear the Dunce Sheep.*








Meanwhile, on the other side of the room, Jody figured out a good draft-to-wind ratio pretty quickly.





She soon moved from the Philly Dorset I brought her to her own self-dyed roving.







Unfortunately, she developed a tendency to underspin, and her yarn wasn't able to hold the weight of her spindle.





So it was the Dunce Sheep* for her, too.









But soon, they had both moved on to silk, and played with my heavy Golding and my midweight and my laceweight spindles, and the Dunce Sheep were given back to Murphy the dog, who really thought they were better suited for fetch anyway.

Both proclaim they've caught spinning fever, Jody is already talking about wheels (the poor girl's birthday is eleven months away, so we'll have to find a reason for her to buy one come the beginning of May, yes?)


So it was a good day, even if I'm unbelievably tired now. Thanks, girls - what fun!


* the Dunce Sheep is a dog toy. It turns out that all three of us have at least one, although mine lives in my car, since Oscar is less than kind to most of his toys, and I just didn't have the heart. Besides, it squeaks, and it seems to me if you're going to put a noisemaker in a toy shaped like a sheep, you could at least make it baaa, right?

6 Comments:

Anonymous brandy said...

There is a stuffed sheep hand puppet thing at Joann's that baa's Old Macdonald. I may cave and buy it soon. I wouldn't love it so much if it squeaked. That just doesn't make sense.

1:45 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

It looks like you girls had a great time!

And Jody doesn't need a reason to get a wheel. Other than to celebrate national spinning day *cough* which should fall during S&W *cough cough* I suggest we just tell her to start saving now. :D

6:34 AM  
Anonymous Shea said...

I have the same dog toy (in Blue!). It's Jada's favortite Luvy and she takes it to bed with her every night!! So cute!!

Shea

7:15 AM  
Anonymous Shea said...

favortite... favorite... I've been up since before 5a... no spell check

7:16 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Two worst pics ever posted of me on the internet...I had so much fun thanks! I am already plotting my own wheel, cant decide between saving for one for my b-day, and buying the plans for my dad to make me one.

I am definately bringing the dunce sheep to knitting tonight. People that say stupid things will have to wear it. If the computer guys sit too close, they will be included in the sheep wearing.

8:28 AM  
Blogger Javajem said...

Thanks for an awesome day! I loved every second of it and yes... I will celebrating national spinning day.... which may even be sooner than May - who knows!! :)

1:14 PM  

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