Sooo, I went to the Marion County Fair today to demonstrate spinning, and, of course, to check out to see if I might have won a ribbon or two.
I guess so! That's my Twist and Shout cardigan. And that there's a blue ribbon on the left for first place, and the blue one on the right is Best of Class, and the purple one is Best of Show in the adult division. Best of show! Eeeee! The judges loved the yarn choice (Andean Silk from Knit Picks, a soft and squooshy blend of merino, alpaca, and silk) and loved the vintage button.
And there's my Shalom Cardigan with a blue ribbon, too:
And then my camera battery went dead, so I didn't get pictures of the other ribbons. Let's see... my handspun merino, a Malabrigo beret, and my Fetching fingerless mitts all took second, while my Milkweed shawl and Indigo Dandy cowl each took first. Considering the small number of entries in the textile division, it wasn't hard to win something, but among the small number of entries were some really spectacular items. I wouldn't want to be the judge choosing between some of them.
I did a considerable amount of spinning there, and got my 2 ounces of pygora finally spun into singles. They're resting on their bobbins for plying tomorrow.
Looking pretty good, I think:
Then this evening I got out some merino and silk roving from Dicentra designs that I picked up at the Aurora Fiber Festival:
And started spinning some of that. I'm thinking I'll probably chain-ply it to keep the colors separate instead of struggling to spin even sections on two singles for a two-ply: