Saturday, November 19, 2011

Spinning Saturday

The Genesee Valley Handspinners Guild meets monthly throughout the year.   I'm usually able to attend half or more and they are always a delightful day out.  Any spinner or wannbe spinner ought to try to hook up with a local guild.  They are THE best place to gain inspiration, knowledge and a dose of renewed enthusiasm for that project that's been languishing in the bottom of your tote bag.  Today's meeting was well attended (around 60 of the 100+ members signed in, I believe) and lively. 

Spinners, spinners, everywhere

Several of us set up vendor tables in the back of the room and sell fiber, equipment and related things, and sometimes handcrafted jewelry, soaps, candles and the like.  You can always find that small birthday or thank-you gift that you were needing if you shop the tables in back. 

One of the best features of our meetings is Show and Tell.  It's a great way for us to show off our triumphs to people who will appreciate them, whether it's a skein, garment, book, piece of equipment, dye experiment, or 'the first time I ever did one of these'. 

The line for Show and Tell

We also have a potluck twice a year and November is the year's second.  Naturally it features hearty, hot dishes, but also lots of salads, fruit and good-for-you items which tend to balance out the tables of baked goodies.  With so many fantastic cooks under one roof the array is astounding and everyone finds just the cuisine they want.  We really should compile a cookbook using the recipes of the bi-annual potlucks, but so far no brave soul has stepped forward to do it.

Only two of the four tables laden with food.

And another really good feature of the potlucks at a guild meeting is that nobody freaks out if there's a hair in the food.

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