The red one says “1st Place” and the blue one says “Grand Champion, knit”.
Yep, I won first place in the knitted clothing category … and grand champion of all the knitted items, as well. I am gobsmacked.
I didn’t get to see all the other entries, though the organizer said she would try to post some photos of the others … I know there were a few sweaters in the same category as the shawl, so I am very pleased to have won! The judge asked the lady who organized the show if she’d be seeing me, and upon hearing that yes, she would see me when I was doing my spinning demo at the show this weekend, the judge said, “Tell her I think she’s nuts to have spun all that yarn on spindles, and that she did a great job.”
So, there you have it folks: I am officially nuts, but it’s all worth it.
Diablo’s people were very happy with the finished product as well, and had a nice pile of yarn to display at their table along with the real ribbons Diablo won in the shows. Oh, and his fleece won top place this year again, and was in the display boxes out front, looking as gorgeous as always.
They even had a lovely write up about the shawl, and about meeting me! I definitely blushed when I read the sign under the picture of the shawl:
Thank you to Lonna Cunningham for having a vision and the passion and desire that resulted in this beautiful work of Art.
I believe in destiny
Lonna stopped by our little farm one day to get a post pounder fixed. She met all our alpacas. We met a very special lady.
Lonna has been coming to all our Alpaca Shows since then demonstrating her spinning talents.
When Diablo’s fleece won Spinner’s Choice in Lloydminster in 2011 we knew there was only one person that we wanted to work with the fleece – Lonna.
Together you and Diablo crated something extraordinary.
Thank you from
Dave, Kris & Diablo
It was an honour to work with such beautiful materials … a lot of work, but the end product is so lovely, it was worth it. I got pretty ribbons and Kris has a lovely shawl, and enough yarn to knit a scarf for Dave, too!
So if you are looking for gorgeous fleece to spin, talk to Kris and Dave of Tail Spin Alpacas. If you’d like the pattern for the shawl, stay tuned … I’ll be publishing it soon!