We have just had another very successful Spin In at Wairarapa College, with fibreholics coming from near and far.
Planning begins well before the event – do we use the same venue as last year? Well, yes as the Town Hall is still closed pending earthquake strengthening.
What traders did we invite? Tried and true of course. Lib, our lovely secretary took care of that while Trish sorted the venue. One of the things that make our Spin In such a success is the cup of soup at lunch time thanks to Gloria and team. I am sure this is what attracts so many to our event.
In past years we have had a Hands-on Activity which was located on the stage. This year we decided to hold this in the centre of the Hall at Wairarapa College. This proved to be a great idea, those participating didn’t have to climb stairs to the stage and if people wanted just to look they could as they wandered by. This year Janet assisted by Sue, guided us through the steps of making multi-coloured twisted cords where each colour was separate. If people were interested Janet helped them make a tassel. The best tip from the tassel making portion was to hold your tassel over a steaming kettle or pot of water. This puffs up the threads and makes them nice and fluffy.
There was the usual array of raffle prizes donated by members and traders. Its well worth buying a few.
Ever seen a lamb in nappies?
Patrizia brought along one of her lambs. I kid you not, one of our members was cuddling it at the end of the day!
This year we decided to invite Elizabeth and Richard Ashford to speak about the Ashford company. What interesting and dynamic people they both are. I could have listened to them for much longer. Sadly, they needed to return to Ashburton later in the day and had a plane to catch. Before Elizabeth and Richard left they presented Lynette Teahan with the Joy Millar Trophy. This trophy is for any combination of wool and other natural fibre(s). The item may be spun, felted, knitted, crochet etc. or any combination but must contain some wool. Trish Carver was presented with the William Ackerley Trophy for Best use of Colour. Congratulations to you both!
Roll on next years Spin In.