(Psst: Here's yesterday's post. Read it first, if you haven't already.)
So, when last we left off at the MA Sheep & Woolcraft Fair, Fran and I had bought the Grand Champion fleece, a lovely white Romney from Mary Pratt's farm.
Mary was thrilled her fleece won! Fran and I were thrilled to buy it!
And after the fleece sale came the Short-Draw Spinning Smackdown between Jesh and me, with our antique wheels.
Five minutes of practice with some Texel x Friesian roving (the first fleece I ever bought, btw, at Rhinebeck in 2006), then ten minutes of furious, foot-stomping, wheel-whirring, all-out spinning our hearts out!
Finally, we wound off the two singles together on a niddy-noddy. This involved some serious yarn-wrangling skills.
And lo! One single ran out - whose was left? (The crowd was breathless....) Why, it was mine! I won!!!! I won by 21 meters!!!!
On the left, the two singles wound together. On the right, the yardage I spun beyond what Jesh spun. Impressive, eh?
Next year, it'll be a long-draw contest. Be there!