This time we were in and around the Conwy Valley spinning and chatting to the public.
On Friday evening Val, Alan and the CamperVan pitched up at Gorjys Music Festival in Caerhûn and were joined on Saturday by Betty and Alison. We all had a good time, as usual, explaining about textiles in general and spinning in particular. It was interesting to meet a different set of folk from the norm: we are often demonstrating at "country" or craft events where many visitors are already interested in spinning or weaving - or sheep. At Caerhûn, they come for the music and are sometimes surprised to meet handspinners. We had a great display of handmade items for visitors to look at, thanks to Val and Alan and their pin weaving frames, and Val had brought naturally dyed fibres, equipment and lots of other things all carefully labelled. Betty and Alison brought themselves, and their spinning kit.
Alison was driven away by the midges in the evening, but everyone else stayed for the music under the stars.
And then on Sunday, many of us joined the joyful throng at Pensychnant Conservation Centre & Nature Reserve, just outside Conwy itself, for their first Wool Sunday. This was a spectacularly successful event and a chance just to sit, spin and natter to friends. Tea and cake, talks and walks, stalls and a whole marquee of things.... a butterfly release.... sunshine.... what more could one ask? Thanks to Jenny Pritchard and her friends at Pensychnant for the organisation. More details about the Centre at http://pensychnant.co.uk/home.html