Have you ever been around a group of people that just “get you”? People who share a common interest that goes well beyond the surface? Yesterday I was fortunate enough to spend the day with my wonderful Spinning companions. My People. We get together when we can, spinning wheels and fiber in tow.
The house where we usually meet is hidden from view to those passing by. The long drive brings us back into the quiet clearing in the woods. And there for our comfort is a large 2 story home complete with a wrap around porch and a magnolia tree in the front.
I know there are treasures hidden within this old estate. The halls are lined with interesting paintings. Each room is filled with antiques and collectables. If you look closely, you will see various baskets and bags containing fiber or yarn.
But the greatest treasure is the resident herself. Tall and full of old school grace, my friend is truly involved in life. When I first met her I saw a grand and beautiful woman, older than I by a few years. I wondered to myself, “What will I ever have in common with this woman?” That was then. Now I see the same elegant lady giggle in delight at the feel of raw greasy wool. She never hesitates to go camping, kayaking in the Gulf of Mexico or exploring new things. She picks wildflowers to place in the ceramic vase she just made after taking a new class. Then she turns around and picks more plants to dye her wool. Always up for something new she has become the heart of our group. And so it is at her house we meet.
We arrive and place our Spinning Wheels around the sun room, take the food into the kitchen ( there is always food! ) and settle down to spin. Suddenly the room is alive with laughter and inspiration. We share our most recent accomplishments or challenges. The air echos with Oohs and Ahhs at each others fiber or finished projects.
Then we eat. We never seem to have a bad meal. Today we had Fried Chicken, homemade Pumpkin Bread (made from renegade Pumpkins that grew on their own accord), Brownies, Fresh Raspberries, fancy Chocolate and Key Lime tart-like goodies, Corn Pudding and more.
And then, bellies full, it’s back to spinning. Today we also discussed our plans for a trip to North Carolina to an event called SAFF (the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair). It’s a major shopping weekend that will dazzle you with an overwhelming amount of goodies for Knitters and Spinners. We are also planning a fiber exchange and a camping trip in December. I’ll be sure to post about those too!
I managed to finish up some yarn today that is a blend of my Romney Sheep, Patrick and my Angora Rabbit, Aaron. I’ve had this fiber for a while now so it’s good to have it all spun up.
All and all it was a wonderful day. I am a lucky person indeed to have such good friends.