This month we celebrate the National Western Stock show here in Colorado. For the Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild I volunteered to demonstrate spinning at the show. This is the first time I have ever attended the show so I was in for a treat!

It was interesting to see the type of folks that came through. Obviously you have your cowboys and ranchers but I also saw a fair share of homesteaders as well. Folks that take advantage of all the natural resources to them whether they are in the city or have some land in the country.  I myself have been fascinated on making the most of where I live in the City and turning it into a bountiful resource of fresh produce and perhaps someday a few chickens and dare I say a goat or two may be roaming the the backyard? I have a ways to go to prep for the goats but who knows, the summer may bring me some chickens. Anyway, I digress…back to the Stock Show.

I was pleasantly surprised at how much interest we got weaving and spinning. Some folks who already had animals wanted to learn what to do with the fleece. Other folks who dreamed of having animals saw the potential and became more enthused. Children were totally engaged. They would ask questions and instead of the response “why?”, these children would continue to watch, and think, and then ask another good follow up question. I also added interest to my spinning demo by spinning a blend of brightly colored merino wool in various shades, some Firestar, silk and other textures that I carded before the show. I just wanted to show the modern twist of todays spinning. It also was a good conversation starter since people unaware of the art knew you could dye your wool and add all the fun stuff to it for something different. Unfortunately I was so caught up in what I was doing I forgot to get pics. I’ll get better about that, I promise. Meanwhile, enjoy this gregarious duck I met at the stock show. He sure had a lot to say and loved posing for the camera.

I continue to work on the Andrea’s Shawl and it’s coming along. I didn’t have as much time to work on it this weekend since I was busy with other things. One of which is getting ready for our member to member sale with the Guild. This is our opportunity to “realign” our stash. I also plan to bring some things from the store; stitch markers, bead mixes and dyed yarn. This will also give me the opportunity to get the store updated, out with the old and in with the new!

Happy Fibering!

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