Before I left New York, my Zen teacher casually suggested (is it ever casual?) that I start a sitting group here in Newfoundland. As I began to make inquiries about potential spaces to do such a thing, I found myself agreeing (eagerly, mind you) to substitute teach yoga classes for a woman who teaches in Corner Brook. If I picked up her classes, then I could use the studio for free for the sitting group. Deal! Of course what I didn't realize is that she teaches a hellava lot of classes each week! Meanwhile, I had already inquired with another woman who owns the other yoga studio in Corner Brook (yes, there are two now!) and she happily gave over her classes so she could go on vacation. Perhaps I should have noticed this trend? In any case, this is how I found myself teaching eleven classes last week and ten this week. As much as I truly love teaching and especially here where people seem more open to trying new things, I have learned that ten classes/week is too many for me. A friend in LA teaches more than double that - sometimes seven in a day! He also drives a BMW...so there you go.
Anyhoo, in between the inhales and exhales, I posted some pictures of my handspun yarn on Facebook and, as a result, received a very large order from a new yarn store opening in Santa Cruz, CA. The yarn pictured above is but a fraction of what needs to be made. I am working away on it in the evenings mostly. I am making a variety of plys and colors to see what the market will bear. I also convinced her to take a couple of carded batts and handpainted rovings to see if the spinners of Santa Cruz are interested. Testing the waters, you might say.
Somehow I am working more here in Gillams than in NYC. Go figure.