Monday, September 17, 2007

Classes, day 1, and a choka!

Classes started today. I decided to bring my silver alpaca roving and my new Ashford drop spindle (since my old one sadly died. I bought a new one. It arrived this past Wednesday. Huzzah!). I'm such a bad person, spinning for the attention. But I really like the attention. It gets people to come over and talk to me, and then I can make new friends!

So I started spinning before my German class. Lo, and behold, people noticed. And of course I let the people around me pet my alpaca. They all thought it was really cool. And the girl sitting next to me (I forgot her name, since I'm bad with names. Bad me!) lives in a convent in upstate NY during summers/breaks where they raise Kashmir goats and spin the wool! She herself tried learning on a wheel and had trouble with it. So I showed her how it works on the drop spindle. Maybe she'll buy herself a spindle and I can give her lessons. (And maybe she'll give me some Kashmir roving. That's wishful thinking on my part, though.)

But I've been working a lot on my wheel as well, which is in my room, and the only audience I have for that usually is the cat. So that's proof that I don't only spin for the attention.

In other news, I noticed a blog called Sock Pr0n, where she has regular contests where people have to submit a couplet to Choka on It, a site where they are attempting to write the world's longest Choka. They've probably already succeeded. It's a fun site. And Sock Pr0n's contest goes until September 28th. (For the 1 or 2 hypothetical readers of this blog...)

Hopefully I'll post pictures of things soon. I made a small pouch today for Homespun Helper's sunshine sweets project. My hopes are to make a bunch of items for charity before Yom Kippur, with the thought that one is supposed to be doing teshuva (repentance), tefila (prayer), and tzedakah (charity) during this time period, so I can work on the latter, which is more fun and helps more people anyways.


Tikkunknitter said...

What an exciting adventure you have started! Were I much younger, I'd follow you into religious studies. Good luck with your work, and your mission to share the joys of wool and needles.

Knitter of shiny things said...


Thanks. It is pretty exciting. I'm thinking of going out and proselytizing the Gospel of Knitting/Crocheting/Spinning (which I think is pretty appropriate for divinity school). Hopefully I will gain some converts.