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good, good day.
We went to Crown Tourney today. I'd already promised to help herald, which I did -- though I delegated to Wolfie and my friend Elisheva's son Jared, and then ended up taking over List 4 because one of the other heralds blew out his voice. (Let's just say that although we were all grateful to be under a roof today, as the weather sucked rocks, the acoustics sucked bigger rocks.)

I took my drop spindle and spent a great deal of time chatting with people and spinning (I had little bits of green wool stuck in my belt most of the day!). When it came time for the later bouts, like semis- and finals, I took a bit of wool and my spindle and spun closer to the list... turns out that I was spinning next to a lady who was the first spinning Laurel in the East. She asked to look at my work, and thought she knew it -- she was flabbergasted when I told her than not only did she not know my work, I'd only been spinning for three months. Then the compliments started coming. I about dropped my teeth. She said that there were 6 or 7 spinners in the EK who could spin with my degree of consistency and fineness, and that I was spinning better now, after three months, than she was when she got her Maunche (EK A&S award, for those readers who may be from out-kingdom). She introduced me to the Guildmistress of the Narrowworkers Guild, because I make such a tight, strong string. She thought it might be suitable for weaving, which is actually one of my goals. She also had me show my work to a lady whom she said she considers THE card weaver in the SCA. At this point, my little head is spinning, and I told her that I'm Duchess Anna's apprentice. She said, "Oh, that's great! dammit..." with a smile. I mean, I was wearing my green belt, so it was pretty obvious I belonged to somebody, but it was lovely to think that she might have wanted to take me on for my spinning.

I'm in shock. I mean, I would have entered it in Golden Artisan (A&S competition held at Crown), but I didn't have any docs or info on the dye used for the merino, so I felt guilty. I also didn't have anything to measure it against, so I honestly didn't know if it was any good. I guess I know now... I'll have to look and see where the next A&S competitions are. I ought to build myself a tablet weaving loom; I have an idea of two, and now that I know how to do a continuous warp, it ought to be a piece of cake. Ought to be... famous last words.

I'm actually good at something. Good enough that someone really experienced would say "We have to work with you and develop your talent." I've waited all my life for someone to say that to me. I've been feeling so shoved aside, like I was a decent worker, but there was nothing really special about me, and now I feel special, just for a little while. I have a lot to learn, but I've found people who want to teach me. It's really gratifying to be noticed.

The tourney was great, too; lots of great fighting, and Darius and Roxane won. It was a Very Good Day.

i feel: grateful grateful

5 trips or shoot the rapids
bellacrow From: bellacrow Date: October 27th, 2002 12:00 am (UTC) (base camp)
Whoohoooo!!!! that's great to hear!
tashabear From: tashabear Date: October 27th, 2002 12:07 am (UTC) (base camp)

I don't think I said so in your LJ, but big congrats on your new job. I hope it really works out well for you. :-D
From: reasdream Date: October 27th, 2002 08:14 am (UTC) (base camp)
that's fantastic! REally really wonderful! I'm so proud! *grin*
bantiarna From: bantiarna Date: October 27th, 2002 12:23 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Good for you Tasha! And the networking you inadvertantly did couldnt Hurt you any:)

Congrats on getting your work noticed:)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: October 27th, 2002 01:06 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Oh, I love networking in the SCA. There are so many people you can learn so much from!
5 trips or shoot the rapids