The demo started with passing the two fibers around and letting them touch and squeeze each of them. To further show how fiber can differ, I brought some coarse New Zealand wool, which had been dyed. Then I had to clarify that – no, sheep are not purple.
I spun a little and showed them how this spinning strengthens the fiber. I then showed them how to ply the yarn and again demonstrated how this makes it stronger still.
With the Spanish speaking students I got to learn/reinforce the word for color or dye, which is tinto. So I was able to learn something that day too. They were so good and had such great questions for me.
The Kindergarten teachers are great there and the kids had such a great knowledge of what I was making, and what it could be used for. It made my job so easy.
The last time I did a demo for the third graders, I cut a small section of plied yarn for all of the students and they just loved it. Go figure.
So I did the same this time. Some of them made bracelets and a couple of them just un-twisted it and left it lying around. All of them were so polite though and were really fun to spin for.