So Saturday was my mom's interment and everything that needs to be done for her has been done. Now it is time to think about deadlines. Which loom. Threateningly.
It would seem that starting to panic a wee bit a month before a class might be a bit premature, but in reality, most of my prep work for a workshop is done 6 weeks ahead of a class because materials have to be prepared and mailed.
For the Olds Fibre Week program however, I get to drive so I can bring everything I need with me.
For the level one class, I wind their first warp for them to save time during class. The program is information dense. During the five days of class I present approximately 12 hours (or more) of lectures, filled with information, most of which many weavers have never thought about, never mind considered. Some who come are more experienced, but that doesn't mean they have been presented with some of the material that I include in my classes. Like ergonomics. Efficiency. Which are not actually covered in the course content, but...well, I'm me and I cannot not discuss these issues to people who are expected to do some level of teaching.
So I wind the skeins of wool onto cones, and then I wind their first warp for them.
In the past I have wound all of the skeins onto cones, but have not received all the cones back again. So this time I am only winding the skeins that I am going to use, then enough skeins for them to wind their second warp. Since each sample warp consists of one skein, I will be able to get all my cones back again.
I use the Silver Needles cone winder. It is the 'best' cone winder I have found for the price. I also have a large industrial cone winder, but it really doesn't like to pull/wind from a skein and I didn't have enough money to also buy an industrial swift that would wind off as the cone was winding on.
Eventually I will offer the industrial cone winder for sale because I am no longer buying large quantities of yarn, coning it off and re-selling it.
The other reason for jumping on this class prep now is that I will be teaching the Olds level one in Cape Breton the first week of June, coming home with about 5 days to recover, then driving out to Olds to teach the class there. I will then have about 5 days to recover from that, then drive to Victoria and the ANWG conference. So I feel like I really need to do as much as I can now and not wait to the last minute.