Our new Yarn School Helper program gives our Helpers a more enjoyable Yarn School experience and a handsome discount, while still covering all our helper needs so we can keep the Yarn School prices low.
Here’s how it works:
Each helper will be responsible for a specific task. For the most part, they’ll be able to do this on their down time and still participate in all the normal classes. The one exception is the Dye Helper, who will miss their prep session (but is free to card and comb at will in their downtime) and shift their own Dye Lab from Friday to the Sunday add-on Dye Lab session.
Depending on room, helpers may be required to do their dye sessions on Sunday during the Dye Lab Add-on. We may not need to shift you to Sunday, but you shouldn’t sign up to be a helper if that’s not an option for you. We’ve got a full house for spring, so it’s likely that all of the helpers will be doing their Dye Lab on Sunday instead of Friday.
All helpers must be physically capable of spending a lot of of time on their feet, and going up and down stairs a good deal. Dish helpers must be able to lift about 30 pounds without difficulty.
In exchange, helpers get a $200 ($150 discount, in addition to the $50 group room discount–helpers stay in one of the group rooms). That means that you can attend Yarn School for just $285, all in. Helpers do not get a BYOW bonus (but they’re not required to bring a wheel, either). You get everything else any other student gets, including your awesome goodie bag and 2# fiber to dye in the Dye Lab.
Contact Charlene if you’re interested, letting her know your first and second preferences.
Once Helpers are selected (usually a few weeks to a month after registration opens), you’ll be directed to a password-protected registration site.
You register as usual (leaving a 50% deposit like everyone else), then at check-in, your $200 total discount will be deducted from your balance. We’re having helpers register just like everyone else because we’ve had helpers flake in the past & it really leaves us in a bad position. If you sign up to be a helper and bail less than a month before Yarn School, you’ll forfeit your deposit just like anyone else cancelling late would.
All Helpers except Before/After helper will pitch in Thursday night, hauling food up and dishes down to/from the Meet & Greet, and setting up for breakfast. This is the most labor-intensive moment, so we need all hands on deck. This will be a late night. After that, your duties are more specialized…
Dye Lab Helper (must be able to stay thru Monday morning): You’ll work all day Friday in the Dye Lab, assisting Adrian however she needs it, and rinsing, spinning, and hanging up everyone’s fiber. You’ll take your own Dye Lab session with the add-on group on Sunday, and help Adrian and Charlene rinse Sunday’s Dye Lab fiber. NOTE: Dye Lab Helper will miss the field trip to the alpaca ranch. Preference is given to helpers with Yarn School/Dye Lab experience. You need to be able to stay up late rinsing, so this is not a good fit for early birds.
Dish Helper, Breakfast/Lunch: You must be able to lift a heavy rack of dishes to load/unload the dishwasher (weight will vary by how it’s loaded, but a rack holds up to 20 plates). You’ll do the dishes for breakfast and lunch each day. We do have a commercial dishwasher, so for the most part, you’ll just be rinsing and loading/unloading. Lunch Friday is at Wildcat Hollow, so no lunch dishes Friday, and Saturday’s lunch is usually served in paper-lined baskets, so that’s an easy one. This is the job best suited to early birds.
Dish Helper, Dinner Edition: You must be able to lift a heavy rack of dishes to load/unload the dishwasher (weight will vary by how it’s loaded, but a rack holds up to 20 plates). You’ll do the dishes for dinner each night. We do have a commercial dishwasher, so for the most part, you’ll just be rinsing and loading/unloading. You’ll also be responsible for helping Charlene get the kitchen swept and cleaned at the end of the night, and helping Charlene set up the morning’s breakfast the night before. This can run late, also not a great fit for early birds.
Laundry Helper (must be able to stay thru Monday morning): You’ll run loads of napkins, Dye Lab rags, kitchen rags, and towels as needed. You’ll do a sweep of the bathrooms and shower rooms after each meal and make sure they’re stocked stocked with towels, hand towels, bath mats, wash cloths, soap and toilet paper. You’ll strip the beds at the end of Yarn School and bring all the sheets down to the laundry room. This is the most physically taxing job because the laundry room’s in the basement, so you’ll spend a lot of time going up and down stairs.
Setup/Cleanup Helper (no dietary restrictions, please; must be over 26 & have a valid driver’s license): You’ll attend Yarn School as a normal student Thursday evening thru Sunday afternoon, but you’ll arrive Tuesday morning to help with setup and leave Monday afternoon after helping with cleanup Sunday and Monday. Setup/Cleanup might include dishes, laundry, making beds, helping in the Dye Lab, etc.–basically any odd jobs that need doing. You may also run the shuttle to and from the airport. The time before Yarn School is crazy and I won’t have time or brain power to accommodate special diets, so omnivores only, please, unless you want to bring your own food. You can expect to be running around roughly from 11am to 6pm, minus lunch. Nikol & Charlene aren’t early birds, so this is a good fit for someone who likes to sleep in.