It's been a while hasn't it? Without going into why I have stepped back for a bit I'm just going to burst right in with what really brought me back. The 10th year of the Manitoba Fibre Festival!
This past weekend was a whirlwind of excitement, inspiration and community. I missed this so much in the past couple of years. I taught 2 workshops; Learn how to Spin on a Drop Spindle (which sold out) and Fleece to Finish. I was also so lucky to be able to judge the wool show once again which is my true love.
These wonderful fleeces were the winners in their categories at the Manitoba Fibre Festival.
Starting on top left and moving clockwise: 1st Fine White Rambouillet (Graham Rannie), 1st Fine Coloured CVM (Christel Lanthier), 1st Medium White Rideau Arcott (Leah Bouchard), 1st Long White, Reserve Champion Wensleydale/Texel (Gerry Oliver), 1st Long Coloured Supreme Champion Romney/Costwold (Gerry Oliver), 1st Speciality Icelandic (Julie Schneider)
There were 39 fleeces that filled all 4 categories; Fine, Med/Down, Long and Speciality. I was pleasantly surprised to see a breed I haven't encountered in my 10 years of judging and it was a Romeldale CVM (California Vertigated Mutant). My favourite fleece from a sheep named Patches (winner in the fine/coloured above) was one of these CVM entries and they were all really very nice.
Thank you to Gerry of course for all she does gathering all the fleeces, preparing the prizes and running the auction (amongst so many more tasks!). Also to my scribes Andrea and Kathleen, I couldn't have done it without you.