¹ generalizing to groups of more people and/or more degrees of freedom is left as an exercise to the reader
I received my new spindle + whorl + wool kit, made myself a distaff from a dowel and a band of fabric from my bag of odd pieces, and decided to start trying with some of the modern top I was already used to.
Between the different technique and the lack of a hook it feels a lot like starting again from scratch, but I'm starting to get back a tiny bit of consistency and the yarn is no longer breaking every other metre or so. I'm happy I kept the nice wool for later, however.
Since I stumbled on https://sites.google.com/site/cartedartificio/home/pauperpen I've been wanting to try and make one, and I've finally found half an hour to do so.
This includes discovering that the cartridges I still had from my school years (last millennium) were dry, refilling one of them, discovering that I don't know how to refill an ink cartridge without spilling ink (luckily just on my hands and on some paper ads that were there to protect the desktop) and finally trying the pen.
For something made out of a soft drink can, it writes pretty well.
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this is so true it hurts