The level two students at Cape Breton were obviously well indoctrinated during level one and very quickly on day one someone suggested that every time I answered a question prefaced with the words "It depends" that everyone got to take a drink.
We very quickly increased our caffeine intake!
Because almost every weaving question requires those words, it depends, before the specific circumstances of what the question is asking is defined.
Almost every part of weaving lands on a spectrum. Indeed, sometimes the distance on that spectrum is large. Very large. Because change one thing and everything can change.
The Cape Breton level ones are threatening to have my 'Laura-isms' tattooed as a way of remembering. Not something I suggest, by any means, but...
And this is what I really love about teaching the Olds program - I get to delve into all the 'it depends' aspect of every question. I am heartened by the people interested enough in the program to invest their time and energy (and money) to come to the course. I am even more heartened by the number of younger people I am seeing in the classes. In level one in Tenino there was one person in her 20s; in level one at Cape Breton there were three in their 20s and/or 30s (I guess, I don't ask people their ages!)
This morning the college confirmed 12 in level one at Olds. I am interested in how many of this years crop of students will continue - out of last years classes, there was a 100% rate of people sending in their homework (one asked for an extension because Life Happened, but she is working diligently on it and I expect she will send sometime in the next while.) I expect that most classes will see one or more drop out, but this year? 100%. Wow. Just wow.
One student at Cape Breton came from 'away' and is interested in getting a satellite class going in her geographic region. I am looking forward to talking to the college about how we can continue to grow the program. I have offered the college a free information table to promote the college's programs at the conference here next year, plus I have other suggestions.
Not sure I'm going to suggest a drinking game, though!
Currently reading To Die but Once by Jacqueline Winspear