The Kiwi had its debut yesterday at the Nevada County Fair in Grass Valley, California. Sharon and I drove up to demonstrate spinning as part of the Foothill Fibers Guild. The Nevada County Fairgrounds are filled with tall pines and meandering roads. The handspun and handwoven displays were in the Sugar Pine building. Igor and Beryl and all the other folks who put it together or entered fabulous items did a wonderful job, and within minutes of entering the place I had inspiration for many future projects. In addition to the competition items, there were lots of educational displays and hands-on opportunities for kids to get involved. The highlight of the trip was getting to know some new friends, especially Birdsong, who I had previously only met online through blogging back and forth.
As for the Kiwi, it garnered all kinds of attention and comments.
We drove home around 5-6pm in time to witness the 5000 acre fire just NW of Reno. This morning the air is filled with smoke. Today the Kiwi gets its second showing at the Carson Sierra Spinners & Weavers Guild Meeting.