Nancy Sigmon of Raleigh took Best in Show with this beautiful child’s knitted sweater. Here’s how she did it:
“I wanted to make a sweater for my daughter totally from scratch using fiber from my small flock of Romneys and two sweet Angora goats. After having the animals sheared, I washed the fibers and let them air-dry in a hammock. With a Louet drum carder, I blended equal amounts by weight of wool and mohair. I spun and plyed the natural colored yarn with my Schact wheel. The plyed yarn was 12 wpi.
Following Elizabeth Zimmerman’s percentage system, I knitted the sweater
in the round, adding Fair Isle designs in the yoke with my handspun 100% wool yarns that were leftover from other projects. They had been dyed with
Amazingly, I finished the sweater before my daughter outgrew it!”