A couple of weeks ago Suzy Fatzinger (you may remember her from a couple of the Pig Barn Gallery Shows) texted me that she was entering Socks’ wool, that she hand spun, in her local fiber festival. A few days later she texted me again, it went like this:
Suzy: I wish I could tell you in person, I won first place! (yes, there is actually a comma in Suzy’s text message)
Me: Wow wow ow!!!!!!!!
Suzy: I got a BLUE ribbon, and so did Socks. I knooooooooooww!
Suzy said she spins her yarn by feel, that she has no technical understanding of how her wheel works, it’s all intuitive for her. We vowed to each celebrate by having a treat for us (ice cream for Suzy, a chocolate covered macaroon for me) and a treat for Socks (two apples).
While the blue ribbon was actually given to Suzy for her spinning, she told me that the judge’s comment about good drafting consistency has to do with the processing of the wool. So Socks earned her two apples.
I’m getting my second batch of wool back from the Vermont Fiber Mill next week. Last time I gave Suzy some of Socks’ roving to spin. This time she’ll get some of Suzy’s wool. After all, Suzy the sheep was named after Suzy Fatzinger. Congratulations Suzy and Socks.