Tuesday, March 10, 2009

A Month In Virginia And Guild Discoveries

Bedroom view

I've been at the Virginia house for 2 weeks now and last Monday we got 5" of snow!! For New Jersey that's no big deal but here on the Virginia coast it's a little less common. Of course, I didn't bring boots but I took pictures out the windows. What a thrill not having sidewalks to shovel.

Kitchen view

Well, I've found my kindred spirits here in Virginia. It's kind of a story . . . .
On my spinning list someone posted something about the Northern Neck of Virginia. Well, no one calls this part of Virginia the Northern Neck unless they live here. So I emailed her and she told me about two fiber guilds practically down the road from me. She invited me to visit her guild and emailed the president of the other one who also invited me to their meeting.

So, this past Sunday I visited the Tavern Spinners and Weavers Guild which meets at a historic tavern in Heathsville. I was warmly welcomed and there wasn't a single awkward "getting-to-know-you" moment. They were having a silent auction with donated fiber goodies instead of a regular meeting so the time was spent bidding, spinning, and talking.

I brought my electric spinner down since there was no way I was going to get a wheel in the car which was already loaded to the gills.

Monday, I visited the Five Rivers Guild which meets in Wicomico. Again, I was warmly welcomed and there were at least 4 or 5 women who were former NJ residents. After show and tell, one of the women who had been a dye consultant in Guatemala did a presentation of her Guatemalan textiles.

I'm now on email lists for the guilds and have met some very nice people. I'm feeling pretty good about the move.

Just wanted to show you a project I started while I've been here. I'm knittinf an interesting scarf (picture when it's finished) and decided to knit my first pair of gloves to go with it. I was a little nervous but it's turning out to be easier than I thought and as you can see I have two fingers. I'll show you the set when I'm done. It's back to NJ soon. The post office will only hold your mail for 30 days.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

And we are so delighted to have you joining us! Welcome, welcome!