I received a plaintive plea from a reader this week, following the dreaded question that appeared on the SS google group, namely 'what projects are you bringing to work on between times, and what skills are you going to share?'. Personally, I'm intending to try and teach Scottish and Irish colloquialisms and swear words to the assembled masses, but apparently there will be some that want to 'make things', so here goes.
Dear ASS Guru,
Over on the google group they've just asked what projects I'm going to bring to work on, and what skills I'm going to be sharing. The thing is I only know how to make king sized polar fleece backed quilts and I just don't think that will be practical to share there, especially as there will be weight restrictions flying in from up here in North Pole, Alaska.
Anguished in Alaska
As the woman with the habit of working on hundreds of different skills at once, I had to take this one.
The good news is that you have 6 1/2 weeks to master a few new skills that you can teach to people. Now while most people will be leaping on the old 'how to insert a zipper' bandwagon, or 'how to crochet a granny square' settee, you need to investigate a few things that will make you stand out from the crowd (well, more than your bikini will, as you bask in the warmth of Utah).
Firstly, what's the local reindeer population like at this time of year? Anyone need their horns trimmed? Maybe you've got a few spare sets lying around? I think you could really explore the whole carving horn buttons thing, you know, make some coat sized ones at the smaller end, and then at the larger end you could really go to town on feature ones for bags. You could probably make a fortune from your fellow attendees which would enable you to pile your dog-sled high with new fabric on the journey home.
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