Tucson Wool Festival Winners

The winner of the shawl is Helen with a ticket number of 1843002. She has till October 31, 2008, to claim it - not pick it up, since I would like to finish it! It is turning out beautifully. I will post pictures of it tomorrow. Too late to do it tonight.

The winners of the prize drawings are Judy Hegg - the spinning fiber; Mindy Chapman - the small bag; and Cynthia Furrer - the coiled yarn. Prizes will be held at the shop till November 7, 2008.

The shearer got 50 of the animals today and will finish tomorrow. We talked him into taking a break and hanging out with us for the evening. It is nice to sit down with people who are really familiar with the animal and fiber world. It is also funny to hear about how different their part of the world approaches things. Very few people in Tucson go for the raw fleeces. Most do not have places to wash. In Missouri, raw is the best seller. I am buying a lot of their fleeces and will wash it, so it will sell here. If you are a spinner and have not tried various fleeces, i encourage you to do so. Spinning one type of fiber will get you set in your ways and you don't want to do that!

Thanks to everyone for coming out. The weather was great and I met lots of interesting new people. I hope that you all had as much fun as I did. My vendors were all happy and will come back next year - October 17, 2009.

A special thanks go to all of my volunteers: those who worked in the shop, did demonstrations, and worked on the freeform shawl. I could not have done any of this on my own and it gave me a really good feeling to know that I have friends, who were willing to invest the time and the energy to make the day a success. Fiber addicts are so much fun!