On July 4th, I spent about four hours doing a spinning demo at the Marin County Fair. The organizers were very attentive to us – we walked into the room for the demo to find this:
Our spinning ribbons and samples had been put on a spinning wheel – and they definitely picked our ribbons to show here because we volunteer every year! So thoughtful and very much appreciated. I had a bit of cognitive dissonance, because while Judy had deservedly won two firsts and a second here (she had more elsewhere), I got a third but also the special award from the Knitting Angels. It’s from one of the local fiber guilds. Third place gets the special award? The only thing I can think is that I got it because my yarn was spun on a spindle.
and my sweater, while lovingly displayed, was totally bare of ribbons:
Which means that there were many, many lovely things in the fair. A couple of my friends won Best of Show, including a gorgeous lace shawl by Gail, to whom long ago I taught a beginning lace class – I guess she learned pretty well!
It was great to share our skills with young and old in spinning, and for the fair to have so many talented makers show off what they can do!