This past weekend, I had the privilege of teaching some of my babester's schoolmates how to card a batt and spin it into yarn. One of the girls, C., who is 4, had gotten a handful of locks from the county fair and used food coloring to dye them herself. Then she wanted to make yarn out of them, so the teachers sent her my way. She came over with her two sisters and we all had a fun, fiber-filled day!
The girls picked some fiber from my stash, then (under careful supervision) they took turns adding fiber and turning the crank on the drum carder. They also had their pick of glitz to add, and add they did! This is a pic of the finished batt they created. Then it was time to spin!
That's D. She's only two, but she was fascinated by the spinning wheel!
Here's a pic of the finished yarn. Not only do I love how colorful it is, I love what it represents: three young girls enchanted by the fiber arts! What a gift to be a part of their learning process, and to pass down my love of this craft to the next generation. I can't wait for them to come back for the next round!
(extra shot for gratuitous cuteness in background. That's baby J. 8 months is a little too young for fibercrafting, but I can't wait 'til she's old enough to start!)