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31 May 2004 @ 11:00 am
COE musings  
I went to my LYS on Saturday to pick up some yarn for the Master Knitters program, having decided not to spin the yarn, and to talk to Maggie about the COE. There are 30 people who have earned the COE over the past 23 years, and I am really fortunate to have access to 2 of them here in town - Maggie & Kaye Collins. I learned to spin from Maggie, and she seems to be very supportive on my endeavor. I'll be taking classes from both of them this summer to.

Maggie shared some words of wisdom with me yesterday. First off, she told me that I have the talent and skill to do this, as well as most of the knowledge *smile* That's an important acknowledgment coming from her. She told me that she signed up 3 times, with the third time being a charm.

A year and a half should be more than enough time to fill in my knowledge gaps and make sure my written materials are comprehensive and complete.

She also shared some important ideas regarding the program:

- having a buddy will help a lot (it's you and me huaman!). We should really support each other, talk over the materials and questions, critique each other's work, and try to have fun.

- allow plenty of time. We've got that part covered with a year and a half to work on this.

- setting deadlines is important. She said lots of small, manageable deadlines as well as more significant ones. And not to forget the program deadlines for the various paperwork.

- she told me that as my skill increases I *will* want to respin my initial sample skeins, so to plan on it. I think between that, practicing for my submission skeins, and the required swatches I should get 8 ounces (at least!) of each fiber.

- start with the wool samples because those are the easiest.

- plan to finish everything well ahead of time - that allows time to respin and just generally fuss. Gotta allow time to panic ;)

I think that entering skeins in competitions will help in several ways. It will get me critiques of my work from neutral third parties (feedback is good!), will get me used to putting my work up for criticism, and will help me get used to spinning to specification. I will have at least 3 ready to go for Estes.

Time to get back to my cobweb - I've gotten down to ~75-80 wpi.

-the redhead-
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Abby Franquemonthuaman on June 1st, 2004 08:49 pm (UTC)
Okay, so, we've got the "buddy" part checked. And just in case I haven't said it enough, I definitely think there's no way I'd be even really considering doing this without a buddy. feorlen was over yesterday and looked over the guidelines, and why to do it (she doesn't figure on pursuing a COE at present), although I think she's got the skills and the knowledge. So that made me verbalize my reasons for doing it. I have at least two very good reasons: a buddy to undertake a serious spinning adventure with, and, once I've gotten the darned thing, if it ever guts ugly in a spinning showdown I can bust out with the COE, haha, and then I can talk all the shit I feel like in US spinning circles. Er, that is, no American spinner would ever dare suggest I'm an untrained yokel of a spinner. In all seriousness, the real thing is, I have strong opinions about spinning, and yarn, and textiles, I've had lifelong involvement in the field barring those few years of running off with a blues band, working hundred-hour weeks at a startup ISP, and then having a small child and a full time job... I'm going to opine about the subject, and I'm going to continue to have lifelong involvement in textiles, right? So what the heck, I may as well get a credential that'll get me that #32 t-shirt.

The more that I think about it I find I could envision doing a level II one that dealt with textile production technology and its role in the industrial revolution, somehow.

In my wild fantasies with great flights of spinning arrogance I find myself dreaming of throwing down on the table a complete freakin' file box of research and write-ups and then more boxes of totally bad-ass one-ounce skeins and swatches and having the judges go "Hot damn, she nailed it." More realistically I envision grueling hours cussing at broken cotton thread, tangled line flax, scouring the library for references on the staple length of obscure breed wools, turning in everything, and getting mixed feedback and stuff to work on.

I've been tempted to start with the silk, but thinking that I should start with the writing and research instead and get it out of the way so I can focus on the spinning.

Your cobweb, and your beating millspun yarn for yardage to the ounce, kicks ass. And I'm serious about wanting to see pictures!
-the redhead-theredhead on June 2nd, 2004 07:44 am (UTC)
Okay, so, we've got the "buddy" part checked.

Check!

So that made me verbalize my reasons for doing it. I have at least two very good reasons: a buddy to undertake a serious spinning adventure with, and, once I've gotten the darned thing, if it ever guts ugly in a spinning showdown I can bust out with the COE, haha, and then I can talk all the shit I feel like in US spinning circles.

We can put the smackdown on anyone who gets out of line! *laugh*

Seriously though, I think our mad skilz will be respected after we have the piece of paper. As they should be at that point, for I believe that we will learn a great deal over this next year or so as well as increasing our spinning skills bunches.

The more that I think about it I find I could envision doing a level II one that dealt with textile production technology and its role in the industrial revolution, somehow.

*nod* I was thinking along the lines of something to do with lace (maybe focusing on knitted lace, natch) and maybe something about blending (becuase I really really want a drum carder and wouldn't that be the perfect excuse?). Haven't really solidified those ideas yet.

I've been tempted to start with the silk, but thinking that I should start with the writing and research instead and get it out of the way so I can focus on the spinning.

Yeah, I've been thinking about starting on the bookwork as well.

How about this for our first mini-deadlines - answer 6 questions (any 6) by the end of June, and get the wool samples done by the end of July? I'd be happy to send you my answers (and bibliography) so that you can point out all the things that I missed and remind me about things like spelling and using big words ;) And since I figure I will do each sample skein more than once I would be happy to send over some of those for you to hve a look at as well. Extra eyes and neutral opinions always help - same reason I'm entering some stuff at Estes (tho it's kind of scary to put my babies up on the block, so to speak).

So, I've been trying to decide what reward I will give myself if I pass. Got any ideas? Has to be something extravagant that I wouldn't normally buy. For example, when I sent my grad school apps. to Yale & Harvard Law I promised myself that I would buy myself a Schacht if I got in. Funny that those were the first two acceptance letters I got...

-the redhead-