All of our organization would have been for naught without a judge. We were fortunate enough to have local Master Spinner Jo-Anne Tabachek as our judge. She carefully assessed each skein backstage at the Festival before they went on display.
We were impressed by the many beautiful entries and all the wonderful prize donations. I have linked to the websites that exist for the donations, but a few of them do not have websites. However, they are all local (to the Winnipeg area) and can likely be found again this January at the Norwood Naughty Knitters fibre event. Stay tuned for that announcement and if you want a direct update you should join the NNK on Facebook. NNK will also cross-post in the Yarn Over Manitoba group if you are there.
Back to our competition update.
In the Singles category, this bright green skein of squishiness
Wild Wind Naturals.
In the 2-ply category, this jewel-toned yarn
The Wacky Windmill.
Also from the 2-ply category, this soft brown yarn
In the multi-ply (3 or more) category, this much-admired skein of local shetland
Turtle Mountain Alpacas.
In the heavier weight of multi-ply yarns, this chunky 3-ply spun from local Shetland
|full disclosure - this one is mine|
|Also mine now; I'm a wee bit excited. Prizes were assigned to categories in advance of judging.|
Our final category was yarn spun from a raw, animal source. The spinner had to start with the raw material. There were three categories - wool, camelid, and "other" (for angora, silk, chiengora, etc.) We had 5 submissions of wool, but quite surprisingly only one of alpaca. We were not surprised by the lack of submissions outside of the wool or camelid category, but perhaps that will be an incentive to spinners - you could win in this category by default. Heads up you bunny-keepers.
Back to the winners. For the wool category, this gorgeous orange yarn was not only cleaned, prepared, and spun by the contestant, but she also dyed it. I love orange.
Prairie's Edge Wool Farm
Our lone alpaca yarn (come on alpaca-spinners, regale us next year!), was this soft beauty
All the submissions were lovely and received much admiration from the public. Here they are.
|My singles submission using merino dyed by Cloud 9 Fibreworks|
|I managed to take a terrible photo of my own yarn. It is much prettier in person.|
|My cable-plied yarn. Now I can finally knit it!|
|My submission spun from "All the Wool Fleeces", the brown fleece.|