Southland weather has been rough the last few days with heavy rain and gale force winds, but today Otautau turned on its sunny best for the Open Day of the Otautau Spinners and Weavers group. For the ridiculously low entry of $5, visitors from far and wide were treated to beautiful wool crafts, tasty food all day, guest speakers and lively conversations. It was a special day had by all and nice to see younger folks coming to these events as well. It gives hope that these handcrafts will survive through these digital times. Thanks to members Catherine Beck and Janet Macrae for letting me take photos.
(Pictured top left is a banner made by a member from Tuatapere who recently passed away; right, a bag of alpaca wool from local growers; bottom left, some entries in the wool hat competition, in the centre a hat made by Karen Workman who came all the way from Bluff for the day.)