Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Master Spinner Course at Olds College

I thought I'd better get into what exactly the Master Spinner Course is.  And what better way to do that so thoroughly then with a link!   Fibre Week!   And of course some words ;D
The course is a 6 year course, each year getting more and more in depth.  There is so much knowledge simply in level one, that it's quite overwhelming to think of what the whole course will teach me!
And it's not just simply a class.  The Master Spinners course takes place during Fibre Week in Olds, Alberta Canada.   Many people from all over North America come up to Olds for one full week of fibre related fun!  There are many classes to take, from knitting, to weaving, to felting, and of course spinning and everything in between that relates to the world of wool.
Let me tell you,   Fibre Week is heaven on earth.  There is not one angry soul, not one stuck up know-it-all.  You walk in to any room and you are greeted with this huge blast of positive energy.  Smiles on everyone's faces, a friendly hello!  You can walk up to anyone, and start a conversation and they don't think you're nuts, nor are you met with any reservation. (You know those times when you enter a group -Mom group, new fitness class etc.- where you say hi and they look at you like you might be made of kryptonite and they are Super Man.  Yeah, that does not happen at Fibre Week)
Heck, you can even walk up to one of the campers (because you can haul in a camper and sleep in there if you wish, or there are dorms or condos, which are great) inquiring about BFL Fleeces and discover a couple wonderful ladies who don't have any fleece, but they do know where to get some and show you a new knitting stitch you thought was difficult but it's not. And then proceed to have a 20 minute conversation about stuff.
You can sit down at the fashion show with your hand cards and a bag of fleece and not be that 'weirdo' in the corner.
And the team of people who put this all together!  They are fabulous.  They are helpful. They are kind.  And they so just an amazing job putting together such a great week. 
Basically to sum it up, Why is it not fibre year!?
I can't wait until next summer.  But until then there is a lot of homework to be done!

~Kara

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