Saturday, August 12, 2006

Nevada County Fair

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.


beryl said...

We really enjoyed having you and Sharon join us in doing spinning demonstrations and talking to the public. Both of you were really getting the "word out" about spinning and everyone loved your new wheel. Thanks again for joining us.

Birdsong said...

It was so much fun to meet you "live and in person" and to be a part of your wheel's first showing. Thanks for all the spindling tips and support. I am looking forward to attending your guild's retreat next month.