Woolysheep Farm Rug Hookers is a local group that gathers once each month for inspiration, discussion, and socializing. Everyone brings their current project and whatever else they would like to show and tell and spends a Saturday morning and afternoon together. It's a large group of I don't know how many, but everyone is amazingly good at their craft. Today, one generous member provided a taco salad lunch for the group. When everyone got up to go to the kitchen, I noticed all the abandoned rugs left behind in various stages of completion.
|That's my striped rug on the left. I call it, "A Study in Patience" because the design is SO boring to hook. But, it is helping me learn.|
It happened that Steve's beer brewing guild also met today, but in the evening. The Star City Brewers Guild's monthly meet up took place at one member's pretty 1890's farmhouse located just on the outskirts of Roanoke. It was a little patch of secluded country right in the city! Surrounded by woods and shaded by many large, old trees, you'd never guess the city was right out there. This was another shared meal event and it included entire families. SCBG is another large and growing group of home brewers, Steve included. They meet every month to taste what everyone has been brewing and plan fun events for the year. I learned that two of the men will be opening two different craft breweries in Roanoke. Craft breweries are popping up all over the place and some are good and some not so good. This is one craft where the members are honest in critiquing each others beer in order to refine their craft. They have judging forms they fill out and much discussion. All I can say is that I'm glad no one is critiquing my rugs like this!
I haven't attended the brewers guild with Steve a whole lot, but I was glad I went this time. I met several nice people and got to know some of the other wives. Of course everyone got jollier and friendlier as the hours of 'tasting' wore on. As a result, it now sounds like Steve and I are going to Floyd Fest for a day. Haha!! I hope it really happens.