I've been at the fair all day but only took a couple of pictures. I think our guild is unique in that it covers such a large geographic area, yet we all drive in because we value our craft and our friendships. Ian and I drive an hour to get to Reno, yet Eileen, on the left, lives off-grid northwest of us in the Sierras. Carolyn used to drive in from Lake Tahoe but this year is now in Reno. I like to think we moved for us. Eileen is spinning wolf for the Animal Ark as a charitable contribution. They make the yarn into bracelets to sell as fundraisers.
Mim and Becky are both full-time shepherds and good friends, yet Becky lives in Battle Mountain, which is just about in the center of Nevada, half way between Elko and Reno. She's staying with Mim, my "neighbor," and is staying an extra night so we can have some grrl time Monday morning before she has to drive home.
Our guild's commitment has been to promote the fiber arts. Many of the homeschooling families that came through today were interested in the Waldorf School concept of teaching knitting as math readiness, and by extension, were interested in teaching their children the whole process.
I think our best fiber arts convert was Terry. He lives in Tohopah, which is just about half way in between Las Vegas and Reno and has been raised by his grandparents since he was born. He's in 4H and is at the fair with his pig and chickens., but he fell in love with weaving. He got it. He even understood how to change the treadling to change the cloth. Needless to say, he wove the sample off. Sue is going to put another warp on tomorrow for Terry so he can keep going. The good news is that his grandparents have a family member's loom at home and are going to get it going so Terry can keep going. I was tired, hot, gritty and thirsty when I got tonight, but I couldn't stop thinking about the smile on Terry's face. His grandparents were so appreciate and kept thanking us, but really - it was Terry.
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