The village that carries the zip code in which we reside, is home to 3 old covered bridges. Two of them are on private property, but the third belongs to the village and is maintained through donations and volunteer effort. This year, that bridge is 100 years old and though I have never worked on the bridge maintenance or grounds maintenance, I have contributed monetary donation toward it’s upkeep. As this treasure is 100 years old now, today we had a birthday celebration and after talking with our local historian at an event in May, we discussed what this celebration should include as far as demonstrations and displays.
The celebration was scheduled for yesterday, but yesterday we had cold rain and wind, so the event was postponed until today, a beautiful blue sky, lots of wind and cool. It was pleasant when the wind was calm and in the sun. We had our local blacksmith, basket making, chair caning, genealogy, a photo history, commemorative T shirt and sweat shirt sales, music, a birthday cake, and me demonstrating spinning. The historic house across from the bridge allowed us to park along their long drive, set up the displays along that drive as well and opened their restored home for tours.
It was a wonderful event, with lots of foot traffic, many questions, much conversation. Another great time to share the fiber arts and let people see a skill that many have never seen. It amazes me how many people share that their grandmother had a wheel, that they have a wheel displayed in their house, that they have never seen anyone use a spinning wheel. Shortly after the above photo was taken, the area where I was spinning was cast in shade and it became quite chilly and very windy. I spun outside for more than 3 hours, a chance to work on the last of the yarn that I was spinning for the team challenge. It continues until 11:59 tonight, but I am done.
I came home, had dinner, and finished plying the 8 ounces of fiber that I have been working on for the past two days. I had 4 ounces each of Targhee and Cheviot that spun very fine and plyed into 350+ yards of beautiful white yarn. Once it has been washed, it will be dyed and put in the shop. Yesterday, I finished a lovely skein of gray, blue, rust, and brown yarn that will also go into the shop. Below are pictures of today’s spinning, the colorful skein, and my total Spinzilla spinning. For this competition, we measure the length of each ply and the total length of the yarn plyed, With this formula, in the past week, I have spun 3105.11 yards. Now I am going to thaw out from today and rest.
Goodbye Spinzilla 2016 and Happy Birthday Clover Hollow Bridge. Goodnight all.