I totally forgot to blog about this! This past Friday, May 18, I took Anansi to my daughter’s first grade class and did a spinning demo! What a blast that was, and I didn’t expect it to be! The kids all really enjoyed it. I brought in the Sibe fur yarn that I had spun and dyed with Aneira, and passed that around, and I let some of the kids take a turn at the wheel spinning a couple inches of yarn, until the yarn snapped and that was that. Even the boys were interested, and all of the kids said they wanted their own wheels. Maybe some of them will have parents willing to invest in a wheel, but I think that might not happen unless a child is really persistent in his or her interest. Even an inexpensive wheel is a lot of money to invest in if the child only uses it for a week and never touches it again, which is a distinct possibility with a six-year-old. Case in point, Aneira begged for both her Kumihimo disk and potholder loom. She hasn’t touched the disk since January, and is only sporadic in asking to play with her loom. The attention span just isn’t there yet.
Some of the girls told me that various relatives had spinning wheels, so those kids might get somewhere as far as getting their own wheels. It would be nice to be a catalyst to a new fiber-nut!
Toward the end of the demo, a couple of other teachers came in who were really interested, and they wanted to know where to get wheels and fiber, so I told them about the two local shops that carried them.
Oh! And when I gave out invitations to Aneira’s birthday party that afternoon, the aunt of one of the boys said that one day she sat parked behind me and lost track of time watching me weave on River, so now I might be teaching her to weave on a rigid heddle. How cool is that?!!