One of the good things about having participated in the craft fairs over the holidays is that I got to meet quite a few new people. This was especially great because because as a new comer to the area I’m all about making new friends in town. One of the people I met is quite a skilled spinner. She’s also a long time student of the Spanish language who has not been able to practice her conversation skills often because there aren’t that many Spanish speakers on the Coast.
At the fair we got chatting about my handmade bags and she picked up on my accent (I may not have told you this before, but I grew up in South America and have a slight accent that most people find hard to place because it’s not stereo-typically Hispanic) so we immediately switched to speaking in Spanish. It also came up that I knit and she spins and weaves. One thing led to the next and we decided to exchange spinning lessons (from her) for Spanish conversation time (from me).
I’ve wanted to learn how to spin for a while. A few years ago I tried a drop spindle but at the time I simply did not have the patience for it. I thought my new friend would teach me to spin on her wheel but the first time we met she explained that, in her opinion, it’s always better to start with the drop spindle. I armed myself with patience and decided to give it a go again. Surprisingly, this time around I seem to be getting the hang of it. The wheel is where I eventually want to land, but as they say, baby steps. Off I go to meet my new friend for some spinning in Spanish, or as one would say in my mother tongue, “hilando en español”.
Are any of you spinners? Have you ever traded lessons in a particular skill with someone else?