We have a soft day today.

The Show is over, and that means that summer too has gone. Sure enough, we woke to a mizzle and when I took my notice board down to the gate this morning, I found at least three types of fungi  have sprung up.

In keeping with the theme, this North Ron yarn is deliciously soft too.

I could not have wished for a better result with this yesterday. It came Second, sandwiched between the winner’s First and Third Prize skeins. We were all absolutely thrilled by the winner…

Regular readers may recall that we had a visitor at one of last year’s Soulka Open Studio days – a local retired farmer brought his spinning in to show to us and we admired his skill greatly. His name is Tommy Garroch and although he demurred last year when we urged him to enter his skeins in the Show, this year he shared his work with us. All we have to do now is to persuade him to come to spinning group and pass his skills on.

Of course, Tommy knocked us all into the proverbial cocked hat! His Fair Isle pair of Shetland skeins, one pure white, the other pure black, were soft and squishy and very finely spun. We can only look on with awe and hope to meet that standard one day.

For me, to be sandwiched between Tommy’s skeins, was something quite remarkable. That means that I am up there in the ball park. All my recent learning and practice seems to be paying off.

I said that I would summarise my Show results today – here they are:

  • 26 entries
  • 11 prizes
  • 3 Firsts
  • 3 Seconds
  • 5 Thirds
  • 4 prizes in the Photography
  • 7 prizes in the other classes
  • Firsts for my Frosted Ferns doily (!) and for the swirly red thing. The Serenity Socks got a Third

Gill’s doily came Second and I do think that they should have been given the other way around.

Not only did the skeins go to a non-spinning-group-member, but so did the Item Knitted from Handspun. This was very pleasing indeed. We know that they are out there….

There was a good showing in both spinning classes, so we hope to be able to persuade the committee to bring in another class or two for next year.

I opened the Studio at 10am today. It is now 11:30. Nobody has been. Am I surprised? No! Tomorrow will probably yield the same story.

2 Responses to “Soft”

  1. Liz H 4th August 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    Well done! I’ve never entered anything in a show. Maybe something to look into for next year.

    • SandaySpinner 4th August 2012 at 4:56 pm #

      Oh, it’s great fun. I made my first entry (a Victoria Sandwich cake) when I was 10. A very long time ago.


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