UndyedYarnpire’s Fiber Opera

May 10, 2009

It was the worst trip of my entire life.

Filed under: stuff — UndyedYarnpire @ 8:50 pm

I do not have the pictures uploaded yet so you will have to trust me until then.

It would be my absolute, iron-clad, does-not-waver opinion that you should not attend Yarn School in Harveyville Kansas.

With the exception of the dye lab, everything was awful. It was extremely extremely social. Everyone seemed to know everyone else. Everyone seemed to have brought her own wheel. And no one ever mentioned that the room doors did not lock and one was expected to sleep with the door open. Nor was there any warning that the showers and toilets do not have stalls for privacy. Supposedly one could close the restroom door but several times people walked in on me without knocking. It was 100% exactly like I worried it would be, only worse.

If you are the kind of person who liked high school and is extroverted and does not suffer from body image problems, you might enjoy it. But even so, the lack of information about those caveats means I really think it should be avoided.



  1. “And no one ever mentioned that the room doors did not lock and one was expected to sleep with the door open.”

    I’d just post a sign on the door that I sleep with my concealed weapon. I think that would work better than “Please knock AND WAIT.”

    “Nor was there any warning that the showers and toilets do not have stalls for privacy.”

    Refund time. It’s funny how some people flip right out at a person just holding a teeny tiny insulin syringe, and others expect you to do all your bodily functions right on out there in front of everyone else.

    Should’ve tried telling them you were a guy. You might’ve got the private bathroom that way? :P

    Also, I’m hearing “Sloop John B” in my head right now.

    Comment by Corrvin — May 11, 2009 @ 9:46 pm

    • It says that guests are welcome so I brought my husband. I almost hoped someone walked in on him.

      There were no private bathrooms. The Yarn School is held in two buildings that were previous elementary and high school buildings. The main room for spinning is the gym. There are always women there in a circle with their wheels. One must parade through the gym to use the showers. The plumbing in the showers appears to be original to the pre-WWII building. The shower floors are worse than back-woods campground showers.

      Quite honestly they did not say anything specific about the facilities, so I do not feel as though a refund could be expected. I do feel as though they violated an “understanding” that rooms have functioning doors, that showers are private unless specified, and that food will be available at regular mealtimes.

      I should have been a lot more leery about how there were zero pictures of the facilities and I should have asked a lot more questions.

      But in any case, I really hope this makes it into the search matches so other people do not make the same expensive mistake.

      Comment by UndyedYarnpire — May 12, 2009 @ 2:17 pm

  2. Sounds like a NIGHTMARE!! I hate hate hate being social and no privacy in the bathrooms would have sent me packing! I am proud of you for sticking it out…

    Comment by Tara — May 16, 2009 @ 2:27 pm

    • I did not really “stick it out” since I left a day early. But they were not having any more classes, it was just sitting around with other spinners and they had already proven that I was not welcome by shunning me. Women would get up and leave if I sat next to them. People would steal my chair even though there were stacks less than 6 steps away.

      The email I got from the “organizer” blames me.

      I can almost accept that, one really does expect to be social, and bringing friends from home means you do not feel a need to bond with others. However, since everyone else already knew each other, I do not see what would have been different. I would still have been isolated and demonstrably unwanted. And there is no excuse for the bathrooms.

      What was I supposed to do? I could have whined that no one likes me. I could have complained about the ill-maintained loaner wheels. (It took until Saturday morning for someone to notice there was a problem.) But no one bothered to check. That is the real problem, at any point everything (except the horrible third-world prison type facilities) could have been redressed if someone had actively been organizing and managing the event.

      It is designed to be an event for people who really miss high school. If I had consciously realized it, I would not have gone because the people in my memory who liked high school were rabid bitches of the worst order.

      Comment by UndyedYarnpire — May 16, 2009 @ 3:06 pm

      • I liked parts of high school, despite not being one of the popular kids.

        Sorry to hear that the trip sucked so badly. That’s pretty awful. And for sound reasons alone, I would’ve been trying to barricade my door (light sleeper).

        Comment by skg046 — May 18, 2009 @ 7:50 am

        • If you remember that hibernating bears cartoon that was part of Tom & Jerry? That’s what the hallway sounded like. You totally would have wanted to close the door. We did close the door. And it was horrendously hot.

          I think there is a difference between liking parts of an experience and “really missing it” but mostly my opinion of the people at Yarn School is colored by the really lame way I was treated.

          Comment by UndyedYarnpire — May 18, 2009 @ 11:23 am

  3. I just have to say there is no way in HELL I would stay somewhere I had to sleep with the door open or that did not have A/C in the heat.

    I would be claiming medical issues and personal safety and be sending letters from my attorney.

    They definitely need to inform people about this in the ads so that expectations can be managed. I wouldn’t expect paradise but privacy, yes.

    Comment by Anye — May 18, 2009 @ 2:05 pm

    • I felt that my expectations were vastly different from everyone else’s. But yes, I do think most adults should choose not to attend any event held there.

      Comment by UndyedYarnpire — May 18, 2009 @ 2:53 pm

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