Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Waterford Fair

The Waterford Homes Tour and Crafts Exhibit (October 6-8, 2006) a.k.a. Waterford Fair is now over. The fair has been run by the Waterford Foundation since 1943. The Quakers arrived in Waterford, VA in 1733. The Colonial-era village of Waterford is a National Historic Landmark, which has remained intact and is a delight to visit and walk the streets. You can take a virtual tour of the village online.

The Waterford Fair included top-notch artisans, demonstrations, and musicians. In addition, there were Colonial encampments and Civil War re-enactors (8th Virginia Infantry the same regiment as my Carter ancestors). Each day 4 different historic homes were open for guided tours. Now for some sampling of pictures (click any picture to enlarge).

Vanessa came up from Florida to attend the fair. She brought along her newly finished Marina. It's just gorgeous and fits her beautifully. Hers was knit using the new Virtual Yarns undersea garden colors using 2-ply Hebridean wool and mine is being knit with the old Scottish Collection colors using Jamison + Smith 2-ply jumperweight shetland wool. It was interesting seeing them in a side-by-side comparison. The newer colors look deeper and richer to me. I liked both colorways.That's Vanessa on the right (and you know who on the left). We had a wonderful time and I throughly enjoyed spending time with her.
Melissa who I took my tartan weaving class from. Melissa is a member of the Waterford Weavers Guild as well as the Blue Ridge Spinners and Weavers Guild.

4 comments:

AnneB said...

I miss Virginia! Never been to Waterford and its now on my places to go list. Might you possibly have the Marina maker's names backwards? The colors are very different.

AnneB

FugueStateKnits said...

Terri - thanks for those pics! How wonderful that the crafts and skills of the past remain with us as a link to our ancestors! What they produce is so much better than the mass produced items we see at the store!
And the marina is absolutely beautiful - actually both of them are:) I agree with you, both colorways are out of this world. Now if only I could find a Marina pattern. Does AS sell her patterns separately? I will check the VY website to find out.
Enjoy this rainy day - hope you can spend some of it knitting:)

Angela said...

Wow!

The baskets are gorgeous.

I like both Marina colourways but appreciate the comparison photo as I think one set will be more flattering for me.

Anni said...

Marina looks fantastic in both colorways. Oh... I want to make that sweater one day.

And thanks for sharing the pictures - wish I could have been there.