A and P and AGM

A number of our members entered lovely things in the handcraft classes at the Wairarapa A&P (Agricultural and Pastoral) Show. Here are a few of them, photographed by Helen Simonsen.

Two attractive flowers, by Marion and Liz

Two attractive flowers, by Marion and Liz

A colourful blanket by Helen ...

A colourful blanket by Helen …

... and another ...

… and another …

... and another, natural colour, by Phyllis

… and another, natural colour, by Phyllis

Lovely spinning by Trish

Lovely spinning by Trish

Handsome weaving by Helen

Handsome weaving by Helen

A cute teacosy by Josie (who'd have thought those colours would work together! - but they do)

A cute teacosy by Josie (who’d have thought those colours would work together! – but they do)

A crocheted hat of character by Helga

A crocheted hat of character by Helga

"Cottage art" – a hooked cushion by Liz

“Cottage art” – a punch needle cushion by Liz

"Something new from something old" - woven by Helen from recycled woollen jumpers

“Something new from something old” – woven by Helen from recycled woollen jumpers

We’ve also just had our Annual General Meeting: there were two good things about it. First, it was short.

Patrizia (treasurer), Lynette (in the chair) and Liz (secretary) getting organised. But what's that on the table behind them...?

Patrizia (treasurer), Lynette (in the chair) and Liz (secretary) getting organised. But what’s that on the table behind them…?

And second, it was followed by a truly interesting talk. Laurie Boniface (wool judge and longtime teacher of wool courses at Massey University) told us what to look for, and what to beware of, in choosing fleece.

Laurie had our keen attention

Laurie had our keen attention

He told us about breaks in wool, staple length and how it should be pretty much the same over a fleece, and contamination with vegetable matter – one thistle head can break up in carding and contaminate a whole batch of wool. Colour is important (this applies mostly to white wool, of course) and he had a splendid example of bright yellow canary stain, a big problem in our climate and one that doesn’t wash out.

A good sound lock of wool

A good sound lock of wool

He showed us examples of different types of wool, and discussed their different uses. Samples were passed around.

This was Perendale, nice and bouncy – a garment made from it would hold its shape well

This was Perendale, nice and bouncy – a garment made from it would hold its shape well

Afterwards, lunch was rather delayed because so many of us wanted to ask more questions. We gathered round these three fleeces, from two of our members.

Laurie (and most of us) particularly liked the one in the middle.

Laurie (and certain covetous members of the audience) particularly liked the one in the middle

Rarely has an AGM attracted such lively interest!

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2 thoughts on “A and P and AGM

    1. maryinnz Post author

      Kate, there is some spinning wool for sale in the shop at The Wool Shed in Dixon St. I think it’s all natural coloured, in several shades.
      We’ve finished our regular meetings at the Wool Shed now till February, though we have “Gsrden Days” on Wednesdays through January and we’d love to see you. I’ll email you our December-January newsletter which has all the details.

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