I was so happy to be able to judge the wool competition at the @bluehillsfibrefestival this past weekend! So many great fleeces. Honestly people, Manitoba sheep producers have so wonderful wool!!
Navajo Churro - @whitespruceheritagefarm Shirley Harvey
Shetland - @prairiesedgewoolfarm Barb Mulock
1st: Rambouillet - Graham Rannie
2nd: Rambouillet - Graham Rannie
3rd: Rambouillet X - Graham Rannie
1st: Rosendale/ Tencel / Romney - Gerry Oliver
2nd: Border Cheviot - Janice Johnstone
3rd: Border Cheviot - Janice Johnstone
1st: Wensleydale - Gerry Oliver
2nd: Wensleydale X - Gerry Oliver
3rd: Wensleydale / North Country Cheviot - Gerry Oliver
1st: Navajo Churro - Shirley Harvey
2nd: Shetland - Barb Mulock
3rd: Navajo Churro - Shirley Harvey
Congrats to all winners and THANK YOU to all who entered. Without you, I wouldn't be able to do what I love!
Blue Hills Fibre Fest was on June 9th - which was also World Wide Knit In Public Day. Jeremy and I spent the day in Carberry with the always amazing Manitoba Fibre Community. If you haven't visited a fibre fest before, you MUST add this one to your list. It may be smaller on scale but it is overflowing with amazing vendors, classes, fleeces and pie! This was my booth all set up and ready to go. Aside from our regular items we also had Straw into Gold kits and Cog Yarns hand dyed skeins for purchase. I am always overwhelmed at the generous support from the people in Manitoba. You all made my day so bright and one I can say I honestly enjoyed. Looking forward to next year already
I was very happy to judge the wool show this year. There were 16 fleeces in all and wow (!) most scored pretty high. Manitoba wool is exceptional.
Here are the first place winners as well as some of my favourites. My phone was a bit greasy so sorry about the shiny pictures hah!
I had a few new skeins to bring with me. Watch for an update in my Etsy shop very soon, were I will be listing the skeins I have. You can also find some at The Naked Sheep Yarn & Fibre Emporium.
If you are ever in Winnipeg then you MUST go to Baked Expectations. The cakes are so unbelievable, you will need to decide on a few to go as well. Jeremy had the Tia Maria torte. Next time I might get the Red Velvet cake and likely another cheesecake or chocolate cream pie. Also, take it from me - the hot chocolate is one of the best!
I did well. I could have bought soooo much more. The quality of vendors was outstanding and such a great variety. A new knitting wedge bag from Dragon Fibre Bags, project bag, sock yarn and t-shirt from Long Way Homestead, Sock yarn from The Sheep-ish Spinner, darning mushroom from Natural Knot Woods, french spindle from Homespun Tools and a cork wedge pouch, cedar/grapefruit handmade soap and merino hand dyed fibre from Last Dance Ranch.
Oh I love it all!!