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Joy Wandrey
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ok folks, I have a question and am seeking your opinions! so, I have been knitting, and teaching knitting, and spinning, and etc, for quite a while now, and just the other day had someone ask me if I had any credentials. Of course I answered that 20+ years and the body of my work should suffice, but it got me thinking again. There are credential classes for sewing, quilting, knitting, crochet, painting, etc. lots of different kinds of classes, and they all give you a certificate, or call you a "joe schmoe licensed educator" or similar. Now, my question is, in part, would you pay more for a class offered by an instructor with credentials, even when those credentials essentially boil down to "passed a peer reviewed series of exercises", or "fulfilled the requirements of joe schmoe's course of learning". To me, these certificate programs mean something mostly to the folks running the certifying programs, and usually what they mean is cash in the bank. The organization offering the only knitting certification I know of is TKGA (the kitting guild association). Now, twice in the past I have purchased the level 1 course and never followed through with it. (it's a bunch of boring swatches, with instructions that are sometimes open for interpretation). oh, and by the way, this first level course is now $92! with levels 2 and 3 being just a bit more for each level. 
so, I want to move forward with teaching becoming a bit more of my meager income stream, but am still uncertain as to just how valuable this designation of "master knitter" would be. 
I am absolutely desirous of hearing your thoughts and opinions on this sort of teaching credential, especially as it speaks only to one's skill as a knitter, and does not touch one's ability to teach at all. Also, it just now occurred to me that I do not see/hear a lot of folks listing this certification in their instructor biographies. Bonus shots are of the test knit i just finished for my friend Jennifer, who has designed this lovely asymmetrical shawl. These photos are before blocking. This shawl and the big grey one (also shown before blocking) have both gone to the state fair, along with two handspun skeins. I will be out of town during the fair, so won't have them back until after the 20th! More photos soon! 
#fiberatti   #knitting   #teaching   #certification  
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I figure I have nothing to prove. I know I can knit because I have the garments and various other thingos in use to prove it. Whatever skills i have not yet learned, well there is YouTube. The people I have taken classes from in person had techniques I wanted to learn. None of them had credentials other than their work. I think the work and the patience to teach is enough. The easiest person I ever taught how to knit was my piano teacher. Her fingers just figured it out faster. 
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This was posted in another thread, in response to an article on the recent Hugo award results. The author of the article decided it was ok to use blanket negative adjectives in response to the idea that good works should be awarded, and it should not depend on the politics of the author.

Sorry, but I have to disagree with the opinions in this article. The sad puppy slate was suggested on quality, not on politics, and certainly not on gender, race nor sexual orientation. I happen to know several folks who were nominated, all diverse women and men, but more importantly, writers of good stories, which is, after all, what the Hugo used to be about. It's too bad that political opinion has come to mean so much more than good writing craft. As a librarian, the Hugo award was a must-buy indicator, but after looking at all that has gone on, on both sides, I have to say that for the 2012 and later award years it will have been tarnished somewhat by the politics and stunts involved.
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The Hugo can regain the trust of the public, and of librarians, by growing and becoming more open to all good stories, not just those that promote a currently - in political opinion. Can you imagine that a Hugo from 1943 could have gone to an anti-german or anti-japanese writer? Because that is exactly what would have happened if today's administrators of this award had been in charge then.
Just a factoid, so you can see some of what happened: the 2014 editorial winner received 359 votes, which was the most up to that date. This year, that category was determined to be "no award", but Toni Weisskopf had 1216 votes, more than twice what any editor ever received. This year's second-place contender, Sheila Gilbert, received 754 votes, but was also denied an award, thanks to having been suggested by someone who is a "wrong fan". This, my friends, is what is wrong in science fiction fandom. I do not see racism, sexism, or any other ism in sf/f fandom, in fact, it's just about the most open and accepting place I have ever been. Look around at the next con you attend, and tell me is anyone being shamed for any reason? Not that I have ever seen in 20+years of fandom. It is high time to stop hunting snipe and start appreciating good work regardless of the politics of the writer.

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Yeah, sadly, I agree that it will remain a politically - motivated award now, and that is truly unfortunate. The world is in a real state of decay when one group can throw around such damaging terms (racist, etc), with impunity while at the same time encouraging exactly those things in their followers. 
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Sorry I'm so totally frustrated tonight, but I figured if I wrote a bit about it here it might help some other folks to keep from making the same mistakes I have made. I have been told all my life that in order to get anywhere I had to go to college. So I worked very hard, and finally managed to get my bachelor's degree just before I turned 30, about the time my son turned 1. I was able to be at home for a few years with him, then went back to work. Pretty soon it became abundantly clear that my BFA got me nothing much for work, so I went back to school and got a master's degree in library science. I then worked for most of ten years in this field, and was quite successful, moving from children's librarian, to Asst. Branch Manager/Children's Librarian, to Director of a small county public library. I love libraries, and I love being a librarian. However, I have now been seeking library work for three years, with absolutely no luck. I live in central TN, and have been consistently searching for library jobs, but only about 10 have appeared (in 3 years) that I have been qualified for. Remember, a public librarian is a very different critter than a school librarian (teaching certificate required) or an academic librarian (often requires a second master's degree in a particular field). At this point there are several school library positions available within a 2 hour drive of my home, and the same for academic positions. However, at this point, with $180,000 in student loans to pay back it does not seem prudent to return to school for either a teaching certificate or a second masters degree, especially when the earnings potential is not much higher than what I was earning as a public librarian. So, I'm feeling pretty stuck, and helpless, and all that ridiculousness. In another year my son will graduate from high school and we would potentially be able to move (again, sigh). I am enjoying my little farm, and my fiber work, but right now, just the struggle to bring in enough money is overtaking my life. I feel like I should just get rid of the animals, find cheap rent somewhere where I can get a job, and just work, work, work. We have already lived apart for 4 years in order for us both to have jobs in our field, and I am very tired of that, but it seems as if that is the way we may have to go. Maybe I should just start looking for work in Indy, where I could stay with my Mom, and hope to make enough money to make the separation from my family worthwhile. I have not been this frustrated in my whole life. I have two part time jobs, which together do not amount to half enough. I will just keep on keeping on, and continue looking. Something is bound to come open eventually, right?
sorry for the long rant...but I guess you could consider this a plea to the universe. 
I guess I will leave you with a photo of my friend John, who is an inspiration to me every day, as he does way more on way less than anyone I have ever known. If you are in the mood to send out some good mojo, he could use a helping of luck too. 
thanks for listening. 
goodnight. 
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Today it is rainy and 73 in my little corner of the world. I have adulting to do, like talking to the student loan people about reasonable repayment schedules, and I have human-ing to do, like folding laundry, doing dishes, and getting some random stuff put in other, less - random places. But all I really want to do is to spin and knit for my state - fair project, and take a nap later. Being a cat is more my speed today. So, here is a pic of Ms. Fafherd, Grand Mouser Extraordinaire!
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I was to snuggle her tummy.
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So proud of +Patrick Wandrey​ right now! His English teacher just called to tell me how much she appreciates having him in her class, and loves his stories of his time in Japan, and appreciates his contributions in class discussion. He also has her husband as a teacher in another subject, and told me they decide that talking to Patrick is like talking to most 30 year olds! You go Patrick! 
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winning!!!  :)
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Projects update: finished a train case a few days ago, an overnight bag last night, and found enough of the border Leicester fleece to hopefully finish the scarf for the state fair.
Oh, and finished and mailed a sewing box full of tools for my neice.
The train case now holds all the small tools I need for everyday sewing, the overnight bag may become my knitting bag/purse, at least for a while, and the neice loves the sewing kit, but is very much interested in the promised lessons that go with it. Now to finish the test knit for a friend and the minion for the neice. Productive weekend!
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You are a busy person. 
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The hair dye adventure begins today with the bleach portion. Now, my hair is very dark brown, and I was doing this without help, so I put it in a ponytail, since I was shooting for the bottom 3-4", and mixed up the bleach. I think I made it too dry, and did not use quite enough, so will change those things next time! So, excuse the bad light and funny facial expressions, it's really hard to photograph the back of your head, even with a big mirror, when you are as short as I am! More pics tomorrow of the purple! #purplehair
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Holy cow! You guys! Look at what Fafherd the Grey caught this morning!!! Now, we live way out in the country, so expected that there would be wild rats around, but holy cow! This one is so big we both thought at first that it was a young oppossum! She is such a good cat!!! She's even licking her lips, saying that her catch is tasty! 
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By the way, she presented us with another one this morning...that makes 3!
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Hey all, I could really use some help here. I'm long past the end of my rope with a job search. Three years is way too long. At this point I will do almost anything that will net me around $10/hour. I have a master's degree and ten years in public libraries. I can edit, I can do book covers, I can do lots of things. Halp?!
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What do you charge word count wise for proofing? Just checking to see what/when I could afford it :)
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Just enjoying some time with my mom, who hates having her picture taken, but is a totally kick-ass woman and excellent hairdresser. Was thinking about the lack of photos of her working, and the sheer number of hours I have spent in her beauty shop, so took a few sneak photos. She is definitely a master of her trade, and I am proud that she is my Mom. 
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I haven't used that stuff in forever! I've been using sulfate free tea tree shampoo and conditioner because it helps with my dry scalp (which is not made better by swimming lol) and I really like it.
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Rainy, windy, and dark here this morning. Days like this make it soooo hard to get moving. #sleepy
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Hey! We're having one of those too! Except the rainy part. Replace that with foggy.
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So, we have just joined the ranks of cable cutters! Yay, no more $140/month bills for a bunch of useless channels we don't even watch. we were already paying for netflix and hulu plus, so the extra $16 for HBO Now is nothing. We plan to investigate SlingTV, and see what it has to offer, but I think we will be pretty well covered. AMC and TNT are the only things we will miss from Cable, and we can watch those shows online, or if necessary do the $20/month for sling. Even if we do Sling, HBO, Netflix and Hulu we will still only pay $55, which is a darn sight better than what we were paying for cable! plus, it looks like we can cancel hulu plus if we pay for sling, so that takes another $9 off again. Yay! #cablecutters
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+Ila East​, yes, and we pay for it...lots.
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Woodworker and Textile artist, hippie chick, libertarian, Mom and wife.
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I'm a hippie chick, mom, wife and artist now starting my own business. I choose the best fleeces from the old sheep breeds that are in decline, clean, dye and prep those fleeces for spinning. In this way I am working to preserve the heritage breeds and make the spinning of their wool as easy and enjoyable as possible.  I also make wooden tools for textile artists and spin and knit; I sell all these things at small shows and fairs in TN.  You can find me at www.spinnersendstudio.com and at www.etsy.com/shop/SpinnersEndStudio, and www.knitnick.deviantart.com. I also draw mandalas and usually have some available for sale. 
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I have a BFA in woodworking from Herron School of Art, IUPUI, as well as a MLS from IU. I have a good husband and a wonderful son, and a whole menagerie of four-legged friends including dogs, cats, goats, donkeys, and some winged ones too, chickens and ducks.
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woodworking, textile arts such as spinning, knitting, weaving, dyeing, washing fleece, combing wool, and carding wool.
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  • Spinner's End Studio
    Owner, 2012 - present
    Chief fleece washer and dyer. Head fleece chooser and spinner. Queen of Sawdust and apprentice woodturner. Maker of drop spindles. Comber of wool. Jane of all work!
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The Woolery staff are a dedicated team who works to make sure things are right the first time, and will work with you even if something does happen to go wrong! The store is very welcoming with many items you cannot find in other places, and knowledgeable staff. The Woolery know fiber arts and will work to help you out with whatever you need!
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