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.
We’ve also just had our Annual General Meeting: there were two good things about it. First, it was short.
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.
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.
He showed us examples of different types of wool, and discussed their different uses. Samples were passed around.
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.
Rarely has an AGM attracted such lively interest!