Wow, thanks so much for the nice comments on Buttercup! I will figure out what I did and post a pattern soon.
You wouldn't know this, but I restrained myself yesterday on commenting on the toilet paper roll configuration of the Buttercup pic. I figured the reference of looking up noses was enough for one post.
Last night was my first BASD (Boston Area Spinners and Dyers) meeting. It happened to be their holiday potluck, so I made Japanese beef curry and brought rice in my awesome rice cooker (sings the first 2 bars of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star when the rice is done). I was worried about heating up the curry so I brought along a crock pot. I thought I was clever. I was wrong. Took waaaaaay too long to heat. Trust me to try something new in a pressure situation (I've never used a crock pot before; in fact, my usual potluck contribution is chips or soda). Lucky for me, they had a microwave; otherwise, it would have been, "anyone want some curry with their dessert? Anyone? It's got beef."
I caught a ride with Carol and Susanna. Carol lives in my town. Can you believe it?? She's been in BASD for, oh, 30 years. There used to be lots of Holliston spinners but they left one by one and she's been alone. Now she's got a new partner in crime [insert evil grin and hand wringing and raised eyebrow; oh, and a cackle].
Pre-dinner chitchat left me feeling like a wall flower. Some days I can deal, some days it's too much. Plus, I was worried about the durned curry. I was relieved when we sat down. The best part was after dinner, though, when we went around and introduced ourselves, really for my benefit, since I was the only newb. First of all, I can't believe some of these ladies have been spinning for 10, 20, 30 years! It's unfathomable to me! The wealth of knowledge and experience -- mind boggling. Second, I can't believe these ladies have been in this guild for 10, 20, 30 years! Truly incredible.
Post intros, we grabbed dessert (whoever made the pastry puff dessert, yummers) and they holiday swapped. Some of the cool gifts included dyed silk hankies, ingeo, felted art, woven scarf, etc.
I pulled out my spindle during the swap and started on some more Winderwood Farms blue faced leicester. My second time spinning in front of people and I was nervous. It's not rational, I know no one will actually gawk, point or laugh outright. Intellectually, I know that. I count on it. Hehe. I brought a skein of navajo plied Winderwood Farms BFL to give them an idea of what I was doing and got some nice compliments! And I confessed my fear that, once I get a wheel, I won't know what to do with it, that while the spindle comes naturally, the wheel will be alien and unintuitive, that we'll be cold strangers (but in plain speak). They reassured me, most of spinning is drafting. I chose to believe them, 10, 20, 30 years and all.
In short, I had a wonderful time. I can't wait to see them do some spinning. I want a wheel. I love spinning!