Hi, Devon and fellow listmembers I just tuned into this thread. I joined Arachne sometime during its first year. I remember when someone downloaded the membership list from 'the major', and found we had reached a membership of 400! Most impressive, at the time. For a number of years, a member made anniversary bobbins and shuttles. Eventually it became too much of a burden and someone arranged for a bobbin maker not on the list (different one each year) to do the job.
As the century close approached, we discussed doing a millenium lace exhibit. It never got going. But Arachne '98 did. That was a face-to-face convention that Pat Hallam and Margaret (I'm blanking on her last name) were willing to put together. We met at the U of Nottingham, had classes (like IOLI convention), a few vendors (different ones each evening), a tour of lace activity in the city (a remember the machine-knitted lace factory very well), and nightly raffles. Another thing we did was try to raise funds for Luton museum to refurbish their famous Lace Dealer's Pattern Book. We held a raffle among ourselves. As I remember, they didn't need our contribution by the time we'd put it all together and I don't remember what the money went to. Maybe just a donation to the museum? Someone else may chime in on this. We discussed whether we should be called arachnids (I absolutely refuse to be thought of as a spider!!!!!!), or arachneans. There was also a thread back then about how many of us were in science or math, although I don't remember gaming or coding coming up much. Back then I was a constant contributor to the discussions. But life has gotten too hectic lately--I admit I often delete many of the Arachne messages and I rarely talk on the list any more, but thought I should put my 2 cents in on this one. I feel like an old fogey sitting in my rocking chair reminiscing about the "good old days" and chewing my gums. Robin P. Los Angeles, California, USA robinl...@socal.rr.com Parvum leve mentes capiunt (Little things amuse little minds) ---- DevonThein <devonth...@gmail.com> wrote: I was at an Arachne gathering at the Salt Lake City IOLI Convention and I realized that many of the younger members were computer gamers and some of the older members seem to have been part of the Dungeons and Dragons crowd. - To unsubscribe send email to majord...@arachne.com containing the line: unsubscribe lace y...@address.here. For help, write to arachne.modera...@gmail.com. Photo site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lacemaker/sets/