Mid Island Weavers and Spinners (and other fibre enthusiasts) Guild

This is the Mid Island Weavers and Spinners (and other fibre enthusiasts) blog page. The group meets the first Wednesday of the month during the fall/winter/spring (September through to June). Meetings are held in the hall of St. Paul's Chruch downtown Nanaimo (across from the Dorchester Hotel - the entrance is on the other side of the church at 100 Chapel St, across the street from the new condos). 7:00 pm. Guests are welcome to come...bring your knitting, spinning wheel or other fibre addictions. Meetings usually consist of 5 minutes of business, show and tell (bring something), tea and cookies, and some sort of workshop, seminar or talk where you will learn something fibry and interesting.
We now have an email address: MIWSGuild at gmail.com

Monday, June 21, 2010

VIU Knit and Spin in Public a hit with the unsuspecting public

Great fun was had at the almost impromptu Knit and Spin in Public at VIU.  Laurel of the Java Hut (makes the best Canadiana coffee on campus) who is a beginner spinner and protege of Melody, brought two wheels, a basket of needles, balls of wool and a bale of roving, along with a huge amount of enthusiasm.  Liz brought a spindle, Sharon who only heard about it hours before brought encouragement and support, and at least 5 knitters turned up as well.
Within minutes of setting up people started to gather.  One student stopped by to learn how to knit with needles (her Grandmother had taught her to knit using a knitting machine), an English instructor who hadn't spun in ages was thrilled to be able to sit down at a wheel and spin again.  And a staff member learned how to spin.  Five days later and people are still talking about it.
There was general agreement we should do more of this...in fact we thought maybe again in August.  This time we'll plan it in advance.  Look at those smiles!  Click here for more pictures of the event.

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