This is my second year of spinning with the entire Kindergarten class at Glacier Edge Elementary, in Verona Wisconsin.
I still find it sort of amazing; some of the words the children come up with.
They have been learning about sheep, wool, knitting, weaving and how fabric is made. So they have a really good idea of what I was making and how it could be used.
This year I brought the drop spindle and showed them that first. I don’t think there were enough moving parts to keep them interest.
Note to self: next year let them feel the samples of fiber before I start to spin…maybe they will pay attention!
I first show them the how a single piece of yarn is made, I also try to demonstrate why this is important in making fiber strong.
I then ply two singles together, and again I try to explain how this makes the single yarn even stronger.
Eventually comes the question and answer time…one girl - sitting up front - was commenting on the small wheel turning with every “revolution” of the big wheel – and yes she did use that exact word.
Wow, some of these kids have really great questions…and from the picture below you can see that the Q & A session got rough.
So, thinking quick on my feet - I start talking about the nomenclature of the spinning wheel.
Now who’s the smarty pants!