Wednesday, 15 June 2011
Considerably Bigger Buns....
I went to my first WI [Women's Institute] meeting tonight. It was in the Village Hall so I walked to it, down the bridle path and along the green buffet containing the cows and calves.
The 'meeting' part was daunting, a whole new language of campaigns in defense of women and good stuff like ensuring people value water and use it appropriately. Sitting there as the new girl I realised that this small body of women, probably no more than eleven mothers and grandmothers, was duplicated up and down the country in similar village halls in towns and cities, all applying pressure on government or organisations, collectively making a difference.
It's good that.
The second part of the evening was outstanding. A lady called June Emmerson came and showed us all how to peg weave. http://www.woollythinking.org.uk/shop.html I can't even knit yet I have made a gorgeous little sampler with a mixture of coloured wool that June creates on her spinning wheel at home and scraps of fabric that she liberates from charity shops. It was relaxing and fun. I'm hooked and I know my 8yo would just love it too.
My hands feel soft and they smell of lanolin from the gently washed but generally untreated wool.
What a lovely evening.
I kid you not, go check out your local WI. My only disappointment was that my branch didn't appear to be planning a calendar this year.