Ribbons, The Tour, But Not Related (a cross post from my blog)

First let us discuss the ribbons. Do you remember this?

If you do recall this, you may recall that I put it in the County Fair. Well, today I went to confirm this.

That's right. I got a blue and a purple ribbon. I know little of these things but I do know that the blue ribbon is good. No idea what the purple means.

The Tour is half over. We at the Wyoming Handspinners Team have had our first prize for the half way mark. Shatki won herself a bag of goodies.

Seriously, a bag, and goodies. One of our other spinners donated her time, energy, and materials to sew a project bag, a WPI tool, and a set of markers. Another spinner and myself donated fiber from our own "yet-to-be yarn" stashes.

I hope she likes it. We still have an end of it all drawing to throw in the pot.

I myself got very little spinning done today but I did wake up at an hour we shall not speak of and was unable to go back to sleep so I finished up this stuff.

I ended up with about 190 yards of a heavy worsted/Aran weight 4 ply.

Which is one of the bulkier yarns I have managed thus far.

It is a chain ply of 8 oz's total made up of 2 bfl green singles and 2 brown texel roving singles.

Both were lovely to work with.

Chain ply simply means I plyed to batches of two ply that were as above, a brown and a green, then plyed the two 2 plys together.

Not nearly as fancy as the name sounds, and resulting far less yarn than a few days of solid spinning time should equal.

Then I washed it, shocked it with several dunks in alternating hot and cold baths, and beat the crap out of it on the front stoop to full it a bit and make those separate ply's stick together. I think it worked. Even if it shrank. And beating yarn on a cement stoop at 80 degrees in the morning, dries your yarn out really quickly. Just FYI in case you need to dry yarn quickly in the future.

Well, I finally got the scared foster dog to calm down so off to bed with me. Have a great one guys.


Bill's picture

Gorgeous yarn!!!

CLABBERS's picture

Beautiful yarn! Very rich colors.

Quite often at county/state fairs, in addition to Blue Ribbon, superb crafstmanship will garner a Best In Show, or Best in Class ribbon. One year, for her work in needle point, my wife won the Blue for first place, another color for Best in Class, and a great big purple ribbon-thing about the size of a skillet, for Best in Show. Best in Show is considered the best piece of the entire fair. Your multiple ribbons may be something like that. The wrap you made is exquisite. I remember when you posted it on here when you finished it and I still think it is a stunner.

Well done! It's nice to know that in a judging situation, others appreciate your work as much as you are.


MMario's picture

Blue Ribbon Good; Purple ribbon BETTER!

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

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AKQGuy's picture

Thank you every one. I appreciate the feedback.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Stupendous! Congratulations. I think the Purple may be "Judge's Choice" but I am not certain. Either way, it is a great ending to the saga of the stole's creation - short of when your mom receives it.
That new yarn is gorgeous and will look great as part of a sweater or hat/scarf set. I look forward to seeing what it decides to be.
The gift bag is wonderful and I hope Shatki enjoys it very much.

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rmbm612's picture

Blue ribbon first place in a specific lot. Purple ribbon usually is Sweepstakes Winner. ie best of all knitted garments for all lots. congratulations.


YEA! Way to go! I am glad that won. I do like the pattern!