The London Show October 2018

Mary Tomlin’s winning shawl

The National Angora Club products competitions are open to all members, whether they keep rabbits themselves or not. Whilst it is great to see members on the day handing in their entries, those who cannot travel to shows can send in their entries by post. 

A selection of the winning entries to the product competition on the National Angora Club Stand. The Angora felt banner was made by Joan Ward for the Club Stand.

The judge at the London Show was Christine Robinson, an accomplished spinner. She had a difficult choice on the day. The Best in Show was a beautiful white Angora lacy shawl by Mary Tomlin. A little White Angora rabbit knitted by Sally May was best in the Miscellaneous category, followed by a Cinnamon Angora toy cat knitted by Elizabeth Miles.

A sample square, a knitted Angora and silk beret, knitted toys , yarns, an Irish Crochet brooch and an unusual pom-pom wreath.

Members who have rabbits, but do not spin or felt, can enter clipped Angora fleece into the products competition. There are classes for both White and Coloured wool. Judges look at the colour, length, texture and presentation of the wool. Wool for the competition is layered in tissue paper and packed in tins or boxes. Large clear plastic Ferrero Rocher chocolate boxes are ideal, after the chocolates have, of course, been eaten!

Gold Spindle spun yarn and Smoke Wheel spun yarn, Irish crochet Angora and silk rose brooch and Angora and Merino gloves
Angora and silk beret by Mary Tomlin

The products competitions take place at the Bradford Show in Doncaster Show in January and the London Show in October every year. 

Sometime when you’re feeling important..
Sometime when your ego’s in bloom…
Sometime when you take it for granted…
That your the best one in the room….
Sometime when you feel that your going
Would leave an unfillable hole
Just follow these simple instructions
And see how they humble your soul.

Take a bucket and fill it with water
Put your hands in it up to your wrists
Is this the measure of how you’ll be missed
You may splash all you please when you enter
You may stir up the waters galore
But stop! And you’ll find in a minute
That it looks just the same as before!

The moral of this is quite simple
You must do the best that you can
Be proud of yourself, but remember
There is no indispensable Man!
(or woman!)

Elizabeth Miles

Mistywood Stud is the angora stud of Judy Connolly.

Judy Connolly has been a member of the National Angora Club for many years, she is a breeder judge and at the height of her showing period mainly showed white and Chinchilla Angoras.  She is still breeding in a smaller way now, and can be seen at some of the stock shows and the London Show.

 


It’s easy to get the impression that all the people listed as breeders, exhibitors and owners have a shed full of show-groomed rabbits, with illness, mites and flies never daring to cross the threshold, but owners know that rapid problem-solving has to be the key to success.

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Angora wool can be used in many ways and one fun way is to make toys from it. You can felt the wool, knit it…..

 

The products section of the stock show is your opportunity to get the judges opinion for free and to see how your items compare with other producers. I have heard people say “I spin and teach others” or “I sell my produce – I don’t need to compete”, but the variety of design shown on the table could be a valuable source of inspiration.

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