Midweek update – 11 April
It’s been a busy week so far. The Royal Easter Show continues in full swing with the alpacas going home and the merinos and other sheep moving in. Today I had a tour of the knitting exhibits with Ann Westrin of the Hand Knitter’s Guild, she spoke in detail about many of the garments on display and, provided I can get them all photographed on Saturday, those segments will feature in series 3.
Wednesday afternoon was spent helping out at the Richard Glover challenge, an annual event that raises money for the Far West Childrens Health Scheme. This years challenge was to take cotton from the bush, gin it, card, spin and ply it, then weave a tea towel with the cotton, then have it decorated by Ken Done and finally auctioned off. Last year’s jam sandwich (which started as wheat, a cow and strawberries) raised $1800. The tea towel, which was finished on schecule, was sold for $5,000. Not bad for three hours work. I’m sure there’ll be photos and things up on Richard Glover’s page in the next day or two.
I have one more day planned at the show, talking with some cashmere people, and perhaps some sheep people if I can find some.