I won a prize!

Handspun handwoven pure alpaca baby blanket
Baby blanket made from 100% Olive – 23″ by 48″ White Swedish Lace. It came first!

Actually I won three! I’m so excited and surprised by it that it has got me back onto our sadly neglected blog so I can share it with the world.

Handspun pure alpaca Huacaya Suri blend
It looks just like any old skein of wool, but it is more than that to me! It is 80% Walter (for his lustre, fineness and creamy colour) and 20% Olive (for her crimp and whiteness). The combination gives the yarn strength and a lovely colour depth
Swedish Lace Pure Alpaca Handspun Handwoven blanket
Swedish Lace is a favourite weaving pattern of mine – it has a very ‘blanketty’ feel about it and is ideal for alpaca which can be overwhelmingly warm in a dense weave structure. The little holes make the structure loose, light and airy. This particular blanket is incredibly soft and cosy as I chose my softest fluffiest yarns!

Susan from Alpacas of Wales encouraged me to enter the British Alpaca Futurity’s Fibre Craft competition – its for anybody who makes things out of alpaca fibre, so … spinners and weavers like us here at Pistyll Gwyn and also knitters, felters, crocheters, and dyers … I entered some yarn in the handspun category and a baby blanket in the handspun handwoven category.
Susan rang yesterday morning from the Birmingham NEC to tell me that my yarn had got second place in its category and my blanket had got first place in its category and also first place in the whole Fibre Craft competition. I was well chuffed!
The Alpaca Futurity show is one of the UK’s largest annual alpaca events and is a celebration all things alpaca. Although the main focus is on the animals themselves there is ever more space being given to fibre artists and crafts people to display their wares and show their skills.
Next year, hopefully, we should be in a position to attend ourselves and have a stall. I certainly feel a bit more encouraged and inspired!

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