What a great two days! I had the opportunity to go down to Monterey to see the fleece judging at the Wool Show. Thanks to the car show which resulted in no lodging available, my brother took me to my first San Jose Giants baseball game.
My grand nephew Ben works at the park.
My knitting was in that bag but I didn’t knit a stitch all night.
When I downloaded the photos off my phone I was just sick. I only have a very small % of what I’ve snapped for the past 2 days. I’m going to have to find some help because I don’t want to ever have this happen again. I’ve taken plenty of pictures on this phone successfully and I have no idea what I did wrong.
This is just a small corner of the informative display on wool that they had set up just for the day in the fleece judging building. I hope that they can fit it all in the smaller building for the wool show during the fair.
Of all the photos I took of the actual judging, I only have these two.
This is the Cormo Ewe Class, the beginning of the Breed Division (They go in alphabetical order). You can see all of the fleeces lined up on the tables in back of the judge and clerks. The judge, Ron Brandt, is the big tall guy and all of the others are volunteers. It takes a lot of workers to put on a good show and the folks at Monterey do a terrific job. You don’t see the people who came in and set up and provided the lunch and the people who were checking in the hand crafted items all day, and of course all of these fleeces had to checked in and set up eariler.
The judge examined each fleece very carefully and provided scores for characteristics that are most important to hand spinners. I don’t have the pictures of him comparing the locks under the special light with the black background or looking through all areas of the fleeces.
I took pictures of each of my fleeces with it’s ribbons and I don’t have one of them. I can get them at the sale but that doesn’t help you to make the decisions on bidding on fleeces. You will just have to go by the scanned locks and the old photos that I do have. More than once I heard the judge say that the quality was so close on fleeces that were next to each other that the placing could be put either way. I guess that won’t help you much either but here is what my fleeces did.
The show is broken into Divisions so fleeces are first judged against similar fleeces in classes then the first in the classes go against each other for the champion of the division. After all the champions are chosen they go against each other for the grand champion and reserve (second place) of all of the fleeces. The white fleeces have the purebred or Breed Division and the Market Division that has only ewe fleeces and they do not have to be pure breeds. the Natural Colored fleeces are divided by Color into 3 Divisions; Black, Solid other than black, and Variegated. Each of those divisions had a champion then from those they choose a champion and reserve of all the colored fleeces.
This is the end, picking the Grand Champion. The tables behind the judge are all empty and fleeces are lined up by the door waiting to be taken out. The fleeces on the judging table are all my fleeces.
#030 1st Cormo ram
Champion Breed Division
“Garth” 2nd Cormo ram
“Lila” 1st Cormo ewe
#1177 2nd Cormo ewe
“Louisa” 1st Fine Market
Champion Market Division
Grand Champion of all fleeces
“Kissy” 2nd Fine Market
#113 1st Fine Black
Champion Black Division
#111 1st Fine Solid other than black
Champion Solid other than black Division
#168 2nd Fine Solid other than black
Reserve Champion Solid other than black Division
“Daisy” 1st Fine Variegated
Champion Variegated Division
Champion of all colored fleeces
Reserve Grand Champion
#1146 2nd Fine Variegated
Reserve Champion Variegated
Be sure to visit the Monterey County Fair and wool show and don’t forget the fleece auction on Labor Day Sept. 2. The auction starts at 12:30 but you can go in through gate 4 at 10:00 to examine the fleeces.